Do voters care deeply about the environment as an election issue?


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A leading energy broker has urged that both The Labour Party and the Conservatives need to take environmental issues more seriously for December’s General Election following a voter survey.

Of the 1,023 adults surveyed by energy switching specialists, Utility Bidder, it has been shown that 79% of respondents consider the environment to be ‘an important election issue’, with 21% not considering it to be at all.

James Longley, Managing Director at Utility Bidder, said: “As the General Election has now been called, many issues are currently being discussed, be it the NHS, immigration, national defence or Government spending.

“Our survey has shown that perhaps more people than we first thought are concerned about the environment, particularly the young. It’s time for politicians to wake up to this uptake in attitude to the planet. Now is the time to consider which topics voters are most concerned about.

“The young are particularly concerned. Of the 16-24-year-olds we surveyed, an incredible 85% of them agreed it was also an important issue, which suggests that the younger generation are most engaged with environmental issues. None of this should come as a surprise, the rise in publicity for radical protest groups like Extinction Rebellion and the campaigning done by the likes of Greta Thunberg is sending shockwaves across the world that it is of major concern to a majority of people.”

This belief is very widespread across the population – with no fewer than 72% of the UK Adults falling within any socio-demographic group or geographic region, regarding

energy and the environment as an important election issue.

James continued: “Both mainstream political parties have their own agendas when it comes to the environment and energy. For example, the Conservatives have championed the idea of ‘green number plates’ which would entitle those driving electric cars to be able to drive in bus lanes. They also introduced charging points into every new build from July, all to encourage takeup of green options when it comes to vehicles.

“Labour has also pledged much when it comes to the environment. Their main policy is to nationalise energy in general. They intend to do this by ‘stripping out’ fossil fuels entirely, meaning they aim to have the UK as net-zero carbon by 2030.

“It remains to be seen which party will push energy and the environment to their advantage, but what is clear is that no political party can ignore these issues as part of their campaigning. Perhaps now, more than ever, these issues are more prevalent in voters’ minds.”

 

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