73% of the British Public Polled Support Onshore Windfarms

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A ComRes poll surveying the British public for a climate change charity, 10:10, gathered some startling results regarding the public’s support and awareness of windfarms. Over 2000 British adults were polled during October 2016, with data weighted to be representative of the British adult public.

The results of the poll showed that 73% of the public support onshore windfarms despite the government’s decision to block them in favour of shale gas exploration and nuclear power plants. For those who live in rural areas, where the power behemoths are stationed, 65% remained in support, contrasting ideas that rural areas were starkly against the machines taking over their view.

That’s not all however. Wind farms are estimated to contribute to at least 70% of the UK’s energy, but when the public were asked how much they thought the figure was, only 1 in 10 said the true amount. Most people estimated an average of 42%, well below the truth.

Max Wakefield of 10:10 said:

“The UK public love wind power and they don’t even realise. It’s plainly not true onshore wind is unpopular with the UK public. It’s time our politicians caught up. Onshore wind is already the cheapest tool we have to achieve energy independence, keep bills under control and tackle climate change.”

A government poll showed that 75-80% of minister were in favour of renewable energy, but the Conservative government has been consistently stripping back on wind farms.



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