New Jersey’s support for clean energy is reflected in a poll (see Energy Survey) of over 700 registered voters in the state:
- Given a choice of two opposing statements, nearly two-thirds (61%) believe pipelines threaten New Jersey and only one-third (32%) believe they help, virtually unchanged from the last study.
- 71% say it is more important for the state to invest in clean energy sources than in fossil fuels (20%), with 63% believing the state is developing and adopting renewable energy too slowly
- Overall 75% favor New Jersey’s next Governor moving to the higher goal of sourcing 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and 50% by 2030.
- 68% favor a target of 80% renewable energy in the state by 2050.
The poll also confirms strong bipartisan support in New Jersey for clean energy:
- 87% said they believe investing in renewable energy is “very” or “somewhat” important to the overall health of New Jersey. This figure includes 83%% of Republicans, 82%% percent of independents and 96% of Democrats polled.