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Lack of renewables support cost Romney crucial votes

UNITED STATES: The majority of voters in crucial swing states were supporters of renewable energy, according to a poll by The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE).

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail

Voters were polled in Colorado, Ohio, Iowa and Virginia just before the recent presidential election. Virginia was a crucial state for both 2012 presidential candidates, with energy was a critical issue. 72% agreed that "rather than using more coal, we should move toward cleaner sources of energy".

Additionally, 69% of voters in Iowa said wind would be their preferred energy source. Wind energy was a crucial divide between candidate Mitt Romney and President Obama, with the former looking to abolish the production tax credit.

This view is held across political affiliations including Democrats (94%), Independents (67%) and Republicans (53%). Of those polled, 44% said they would encourage wind as an energy source.

Around three quarters of voters in these swing states indicated a clear preference to vote for candidates who will back policies and public investment to encourage more use of renewable energy.

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