Poll reveals huge public support

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According to a new opinion survey, 88.3% of Germans wish to see more electricity generated from wind power. The survey, by poll company EMNID, first informed people drawn from a selection of social backgrounds in all federal Länder that 1% of electricity in Germany is generated from wind before asking them whether this should be increased. In all population groups the response was overhwhelmingly positive. Only 9.3% said no, while 2.4% failed to answer. People of 30-39 years old were the most enthusiastic supporters: 95.1% of this group wanted a higher share of wind energy in the country's electricity supply. The survey also revealed that in areas with many wind turbines, public support is strong. In the coastal Länder of Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, 86.2% of those surveyed want more wind energy. In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony Anhalt and Rhineland Palatinate, Länder where wind use is by no means widespread, 91.2% of the population voted for more wind plant. The strongest approval for more wind energy was found among parents with two or more children (94.5%) and among those with an average income of DEM 3000-4000 a month (90.8%). The EMNID survey was carried out on January 23-24 for Wirtschaftsverband Windkraftwerke, the federation of wind power station operators.

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