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Number of Scots backing wind power increases

Posted on 18/03/2015 by Nick Sharpe

More than seven in ten Scottish adults (71%) polled last month (February 2015) said they supported the continued development of wind power as part of our energy mix, compared to 64% in February 2013.

The independent survey conducted by YouGov, and commissioned for industry body Scottish Renewables, comes as figures reveal the capacity of onshore wind in Scotland rose by 20% in the same time period.

Joss Blamire, Senior Policy Manager at Scottish Renewables, said: “These poll results highlight once again that not only do the vast majority of Scots support wind power, but the number who do is actually increasing.

“The wind energy sector is thriving in Scotland, providing jobs, investment and helping to tackle climate change – and these figures show it’s doing all of this with the Scottish public right behind it.

 “We are often told by a vocal minority of objectors that Scots don’t like wind power, but this poll shows there is absolutely no evidence to support this – in fact, quite the opposite."

Support for wind power was highest among young Scots, with 81% of those aged 18-24 backing the continued development of the technology. That figure was lowest among those aged 55+, but still stands at almost two-thirds (65%).


Notes to Editors:

  1. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size for fieldwork undertaken between 24th - 25th February 2015 was 1,008 Scottish adults. Total sample size for fieldwork undertaken between 25th – 26th February 2013 was 1,003 Scottish adults.  The surveys were carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).
  2. The full tables for the questions asked in 2015 and 2013 can be accessed here.

Nick Sharpe

Director of Communications