Support for electricity sources by constituency
74% of conservatives support onshore wind (71% of people)
Only 37% of conservatives support fracking (25% of people)
Support for onshore wind is particularly high in 8 of the 10 Conservative target swing seats
Onshore wind farms could be built for £45/MWh (BVG Associates) making it the cheapest source of electricity generation. However at present it is excluded from competing in Contact for Difference (CfD) auctions. These auctions are vital to provide stability and certainty to investors. New polling, carried out by Survation for CEN, shows that 74% of people who voted Conservative in the last general election support onshore wind (compared to an average 71% of people). Over 50% of people would also look unfavourably at a political party that supported a national ban on onshore wind farms.
Questions asked include:
Do you support or oppose the use of the following sources of electricity generation? Solar, tidal, onshore wind, offshore wind, biomass, gas from shale gas exploitation (fracking), nuclear, coal, imported gas, other domestic gas.
How favourable or unfavourable would you be towards the following?
A political party that supported a national ban of onshore wind farms
A political party that supported a national ban of shale gas exploitation (fracking)
A candidate to be my local MP who supported a national ban of onshore wind farms
A candidate to be my local MP who supported a national ban of shale gas exploitation (fracking)
MRP was used to create the demographic breakdowns. Find out more about MRP here. Zoom in to search by constituency below.
Support for climate strikers
Public support in the UK for the young people’s school strikes over climate change outweighs opposition by more than three to one. On Friday 15 March, strikes by young people took place globally in over 90 countries - including the UK.
The poll, carried out by Opinium for CEN, showed that 53% of British adults support children taking time out of school to voice their concern about the impacts that climate change will have on their futures, with only 15% opposed to their actions. Young people are even more supportive with 60% of 18-34 year olds backing the strikers.
The polling also shows that 70% of the public believe it's important that the UK Government reduces greenhouse gas emissions to zero.