Colorado voters are broadly in favor of the country’s largest source of clean energy, according to a newly released Independence Institute/Cygnal poll.
Likely general election voters across Colorado favor nuclear energy more than 2:1 (53% support, 25% oppose). 54% said they favor including nuclear power in Colorado’s clean energy mix by 2040, with support crossing partisan lines to include 65% of Republicans, 52% of Unaffiliated voters, and a plurality (48%) of Democrats.
Other key findings from the poll include:
- Affordability (96% important) is the most important factor to voters when it comes to the energy that powers their homes and the state.
- Reliability is a close second, with 94% of voters saying it is either very or somewhat important to them.
- Environmental concerns rate highly as well (84% important), though not as high as affordability and reliability.
- Among Colorado voters, 86% say their power bills have increased over the last two years, and 52% say significantly so. A plurality (41%) blame utilities like Xcel Energy for that, and nearly a quarter blame President Joe Biden.
- A plurality of voters are unaware of Governor Jared Polis’s goal for 100% renewable energy by 2040.