Poll– More than half of voters support renewable bailout

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Monday, May 4, 2020

Support among U.S. voters for a government bailout of the renewable energy industry amid the coronavirus pandemic has remained steadily above 50 percent, according to a new Morning Consult poll. The poll, conducted from April 29-30, found 56 percent of voters supported a bailout of the renewables industry, up just 2 percent from an earlier survey from March 31-April 1 that asked the same question. The U.S. renewable energy industry has seen delayed construction and thousands of jobs lost amid the pandemic, as the Associated Press highlighted over the weekend.

The Morning Consult poll released early this morning also shows that support for the renewable industry is higher than that for a bailout of the oil and gas industry, but it showed support for the latter also went unchanged between the two polls, even as oil prices dipped below zero last month . Thirty-eight percent of voters said they would support a bailout of the oil and gas industry.