Millennials Will Vote for Clean Energy Candidtates

Millennial Voters Support A Transition to Clean Energy

Millennials are poised to receive the largest wealth transfer in generations. Statistics show that what they believe in, what they will vote for, will change our economy. As Benji Backer, President of American Conservation Coalition (ACC), noted, data shows that millennials will likely be the largest voting bloc in the 2020 election cycle. Commenting on a recent poll by the ACC and the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), he added:

Results from this poll show that these young voters overwhelmingly want the nation to pursue an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy model and other free-market solutions to address the energy challenges facing our nation." Backer added, “Young voters are embracing clean energy because it is strengthening economic competitiveness, offering consumers greater choice and a more diverse energy portfolio. With the growing moral and economic implications of environmental issues, conservatives must lead if they hope to garner support from the youth demographic in future elections.”

Key Results of a Recent Poll with Millennials Voting Preferences

82% of respondents said energy is an important issue for them going into the 2018 elections. 

67% of these young voters also stated their opposition to voting for candidates against the pursuit of clean energy options.

58% of conservatives polled saying they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes increasing the development and use of clean energy.

Independents expressed a desire to see more renewable energy options across the board, including 74% who want to see more emphasis placed on solar power and 64% who emphasized wind power.

 

92% agreed that an all-of-the-above energy plan is worth pursuing. This includes alternative and renewable energies that will innovate the market and provide consumers with a variety of energy choices. 

69% Millennials believe that America can create a new electricity system that benefits the environment, accelerates new technology, and creates more choices.

 

 

79% of respondents believe that candidates who support renewable energy care more about their families and communities than those candidates who oppose it.

 

 

74% of respondents favored a system that allows people to have choice of where they purchase electricity from, and what kind of electricity they use, such as clean energy. ​

The poll included 400 millennials across the nation between the ages of 18 and 24 who are likely to vote in the coming elections, during February 2018. The survey found that a vast majority of young voters support clean energy. They have also shown a strong preference for changes in our current electricity markets that would reduce regulations, disrupt monopolies, and increase consumer choice.

“In 2018, millions of young Americans will be casting ballots in their first election – and how they vote will be a strong predictor of voting habits that will persist for the rest of their lives,” said Mark Pischea, president of CEN. “It’s important that young people understand that they can be conservative and favor clean energy – and support candidates who feel the same.”

These results are definitely reason for clean energy advocates to rejoice; but it is early to celebrate. A similar survey was carried out by Hart Research in April 2015 in key (eight) swing states among 1,501 millennials. The poll results indicated a similar outcome - Millennials want the next President to set big clean energy goals. 74% millennials favored the goal of transitioning to at least 50 percent clean energy by 2030.

However, the actual election results of 2016 did not even feebly resonate with the poll findings. According to 'Voting in America: A Look at the 2016 Presidential Election', the Census Bureau's report, only 50% of the eligible millennials voted. In 2018, for the first time in US voting history, millennials stand at par with baby boomers, and in 2020, will outnumber boomers 34 to 28 percent to become the single largest demographic group eligible to vote. 

One can only wonder if millennials will be content with merely blogging and texting about their energy preferences, but will also act by exercising their right to vote and make their voices heard and choices known.