Voters Favour Wind Farms, Offshore and on Land

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Voters Favour Wind Farms, Offshore and on Land

High support for public investment in alternative energy

TORONTO November 23rd – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1184 Ontario voters, one half favour rural wind farms (54%) and a similar proportion favour offshore wind farms (52%). In each case, 3-in-10 or fewer disapprove (30% and 26%, respectively). Between one sixth and one fifth don’t have an opinion (15% and 22%, respectively).

Two thirds support public investment in alternative energy

Two thirds of voters support investing public funds in developing alternative energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal (65%), and this is especially common to the youngest (77%), the leas wealthy (70%), in the city of Toronto (71%), among Liberals (87%) and New Democrats (77%) and the best educated (post grad - 70%). Fewer than one quarter oppose this kind of public investment (22%) and about one tenth don’t have an opinion (13%). Opposition is characteristic of the middle aged (45 to 64 - 28%), males (28%) rather than females (15%), the wealthy ($80K to $100K - 27%), in Eastern Ontario (28%), among PC supporters (40%) especially and among the least educated (secondary school or less - 26%).

Most believe alternative energy sources will be sufficient in future

The plurality of voters (44%) believe alternative energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal will be sufficient to replace oil, gas and coal in the future, while just 3-in-10 don’t believe this to be the case (30%) and one quarter don’t know if it is or not (25%). Belief in the future of alternative fuels sources is strongest among the youngest, the least wealthy, in Northern Ontario and among Liberals.

“The majority favour wind farms, onshore or off, which is not what their opponents would have us believe. The public also believes in public investment in new fuel sources, which is also not the current received wisdom. It appears the provincial Liberal government’s Green Energy program has promise, although not in its current form,said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603