Washington, D.C. – Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), a national non-profit organization advocating for comprehensive solutions to our nation’s clean energy challenges, released the following New Hampshire survey data this morning pertaining to the Republican presidential field, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and the energy concerns of likely primary voters.
Republican Presidential Primary Ballot
(11/9 – 11/12/15)
D. Trump 22%
B. Carson 13%
M. Rubio 11%
J. Kasich 8%
J. Bush 6%
T. Cruz 6%
C. Fiorina 4%
C. Christie 3%
R. Paul 3%
Republican Senate Primary Ballot
(11/9 – 11/12/15)
Kelly Ayotte (inc.) 69%
Bill O’Brien 13%
More than half of Republican primary voters (52%) would “definitely” vote for Ayotte if the election were held today; versus just 6% who would “definitely” vote for O’Brien.
Sixty-three percent (63%) of Republican primary voters are “more likely” to support Ayotte in her re-election bid after learning she announced the formation of a working group to identify market-based solutions to address energy and climate issues.
Republican Voters Support Clean Energy Solutions
Compared to other issues Congress is currently addressing, including the economy, jobs and government spending, 71% of New Hampshire Republican Primary voters think energy policy – specifically the exploration and development of renewable energy sources – should be a priority.
- 30% think energy policy should be a “very high” priority, and 41% believe this should be “somewhat high” of a priority.
- A majority (52%) of Republican primary voters believe we are already feeling the effects of climate change or will at some point in their lifetime.
- In comparison, 29% do not think they will feel the effects of climate change in their lifetime. Nine percent (9%) are unsure.
(The data reflects survey results fielded on behalf of CRES in New Hampshire from 11/9 – 11/12/15. This study was conducted among n=613 likely Republican Primary voters, and has a margin of error of + 4.0%. Interviews were fielded among 70% landline and 30% mobile phone respondents.)
“This survey analysis illustrates that Senator Kelly Ayotte is in touch with the issues New Hampshire Republicans care about. Her positive image rating among primary voters has provided her with a significant advantage in a potential primary race, and further serves to solidify her strong standing in next November’s general election,” pollster Ashlee Rich Stephenson said.
“New Hampshire voters are clearly supportive of Senator Ayotte’s efforts to advance market-based approaches that bring newer, cleaner energy technologies to market that can grow our economy, make America energy independent, and help preserve our climate. Presidential primary candidates would be wise to follow Senator Ayotte’s example as someone who has spent a career fighting to protect clean air and water for New Hampshire citizens,” CRES Executive Director James Dozier said.
“Supporting candidates and clean energy policy go hand-in-hand in the Granite State. Senator Ayotte’s career in public service has been dedicated to preserving our state’s natural resources and the quality of life New Hampshire families hold dear. In 2016 voters will be ready to offer their support to candidates who follow the Ayotte model of putting New Hampshire’s needs first,” said Republican National Committeewoman Juliana Bergeron.
“Voters want clean air and clean water, and they are prepared to support candidates who offer a clear vision for how these resources can be protected for future generations. Clean energy solutions represent a potent opportunity for Republicans to take the fight to Democrats on the environment inside a critical battleground states – both during the primary and in the general election,” said top New Hampshire GOP Strategist Sarah Stewart.
Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization advocating for comprehensive and responsible solutions to our nation’s energy issues. The organization is comprised of citizens from around the country who believe it is time for politicians in Washington to stop arguing, and start working on ways to solve our nation’s energy crisis.