Benenson Strategy Group
September 15th, 2009
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Clean Energy Works
Joel Benenson, Amy Levin
September 15, 2009
Youth Poll Results
The Benenson Strategy Group conducted 601 interviews nationwide with registered voters age
18-29 who are likely to vote in the 2010 U.S. Congressional elections.
All interviews were conducted between August 25-29, 2009 by telephone, using a sample of
The total data set has a margin of error of ± 4.00% at the 95% confidence level, and it is
larger among subgroups.
Environmental and Energy Issues Critical To Youth Voters
Younger voters strongly believe that energy independence and environmental issues are
critical priorities for their leaders to address.
o After education, investing in renewable energy and protecting our environment
emerge as the most important issues for youth when deciding whether or not to re-
elect their Senator.
o Similarly, 68% say “investing in renewable energy to create new jobs” should be an
important priority for their Senator to address and 63% say “reducing America’s
dependence on foreign oil” should be (both 6+7 on 7-point scale).
They acutely feel that the consequences of inaction in Washington will harm their
generation – with 81% agreeing that “younger generations are the ones that will suffer the
consequences if Congress doesn't act on global warming and invest in clean energy now.”
Also, after the critical role they played in 2008, younger voters are demanding a voice in this
debate, with 84% agreeing that “young voters had a huge role in electing President Obama
in the '08 election, so their voice on clean energy issues deserves to be heard now.”
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