Dec 3, 2019

Poll: Battleground states support clean energy tax credits

Data: Global Strategy Group; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

New polling shows voters in battleground states and congressional districts support extending tax credits for renewable power and creating incentives for deploying storage technologies.

Why it matters: House Democrats recently unveiled legislation that would lengthen expiring incentives for developing wind, solar and other projects, and add a new credit for batteries and other forms of storage.

What they did: The Democratic polling firm Global Strategy Group conducted the national survey, and broke out results for nine Senate battlegrounds (including Michigan, Colorado and Arizona) and swing congressional districts nationwide.

  • It was commissioned by the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, the Solar Energy Industries Association and others.

What they found: Check out the chart above. Also, the polling showed that support for the incentives is quite strong across party lines.

  • Other results show that Democratic candidates who support the incentives would see increased support in political battlegrounds.

The big picture: Portions of the House bill may be up for negotiations in this Congress, so the polling could provide political ammunition for backers.

  • And looking past the bill's uncertain near-term prospects, the results could be used to bolster political support for Democratic policy efforts if the party gains more power in the 2020 elections.

Of note: The online nationwide survey of 800 registered voters was conducted in early November and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.5%. The MOE is 3.7% for Senate battleground results and 3.9% for the swing congressional districts.

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