I would say voters don’t “generally support” anything, and certainly not green energy advocates generally.
I think that the support for clean energy is building in this country. However, with the economic status of the US, stressing clean energy may not be considered as much of a priority to politicians or voters. (Just speculation).
In general, voters choose candidates for more personal ideological or closer-to-home reasons (i.e. economy) than clean energy. However, clean energy does pop up in politics from time to time. You can check out http://cleanenergypolitics.com/news-feeds/ as well as google “clean energy politics” to find out more current clean energy political news. However, when there is big party shift, such as the 2010 midterm elections when Republicans took over the House, it can affect clean energy policies in one way or another because the parties tend to favor those who gave political contribution, etc. There’s also the added fact of lobbyists in Washington that can add pressure to those who have been elected to vote a certain way or focus on a particular issue.
If voters want clean energy, yes. If they don’t want or care about clean energy, no or probably not. According to past Gallup polls, Americans generally tended to put the environment before energy needs. After the housing crisis and huge spike in oil prices, Americans started putting energy before the environment. The Gallup poll conducted in March revealed that 50% of Americans who were polled would put energy needs before the environment (41% of those polled would not). As alecsandravelez said, alternative energy is not one of the platforms on which candidates are usually elected. Usually social values play more of a role in elections than alternative energy solutions.
No candidate has made clean energy a make or break point of their campaign — Progressives mention it to help them seem on the cutting edge, and Republicans mention traditional oil to help kindle pride in America and in our traditional way of doing things. Our preference between these two groups switches regularly, but is generally split about 50-50 — voters don’t generally support clean energy one way or another, depending on the demographic.
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