Voters In Key Swing State Are Not On Board With Democrats’ Green Agenda, New Polling Shows

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Voters in Pennsylvania, a key swing state, do not seem to be too enthusiastic about the Democrats’ green energy agenda as the 2024 election cycle heats up, according to new polling.

Along with Public Opinion Strategies, the Commonwealth Foundation, a free-market think tank focused specifically on Pennsylvania, polled 800 registered voters in the state to determine general attitudes about state and federal energy policies. The results indicate that about two-thirds of Pennsylvanians do not want to spend their money to fight climate change, 70% would like to see more pipelines built in the state and nearly 60% oppose policies that outlaw or otherwise restrict gas-powered appliances, among other points.

More than 60% of those polled said that it is “very important” for the U.S. to establish energy independence. (RELATED: Only A Tiny Share Of Swing State Voters Care About One Of Biden’s Signature Issues: POLL)

Pennsylvania Statewide Poll – Commonwealth Foundation by Nick Pope on Scribd

Approximately 54% of respondents opposed Biden’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export approvals pause, while 24% support the policy. Pennsylvania produced more natural gas than any state other than Texas in 2022, making the commodity an important pillar of the state’s economy; Biden’s decision to pause exports could ultimately risk Democratic control of the Senate if it helps lead to the defeat of incumbent Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, pundits and observers previously told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The poll also asked Pennsylvanians about their willingness to make individual lifestyle choices to help fight climate change. Less than 10% of respondents said they have already or plan to buy an electric vehicle, install solar panels on their homes or pay more for green energy.

Respondents were split on their views about which likely presidential candidate, Biden or former President Donald Trump, would do a better job in terms of making energy more affordable, with 34% percent of those polled saying Biden would do the best job at reducing energy costs and 37% responding that Trump would be better on that specific issue.

However, 59% of respondents indicated their preference for a candidate who would utilize natural resources to make energy cheaper, while 41% expressed their view that it is more important for a prospective officeholder to commit to protecting those natural resources and the environment.

Sixty percent of those polled also expressed at least some concern about the reliability of the state’s power grid.

The online poll has a margin of error of 3.95%.

Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro is pushing for a robust climate package, which would feature policies like carbon cap-and-trade mandates and massively increase the state’s reliance on green energy generation, according to StateImpact Pennsylvania.

Neither Shapiro’s office nor the White House responded immediately to requests for comment.

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