Millennials prioritize energy as a core issue for 2018


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“In 2018, millions of young Americans will be casting ballots in their first election – and how they vote will be a strong predictor of voting habits that will persist for the rest of their lives,” said Mark Pischea, president of CEN. “It’s important that young people understand that they can be conservative and favor clean energy – and support candidates who feel the same.”

With a network of more than 20 state affailiates, CEN offers conservative clean energy solutions that create jobs, spark innovation, conserve our resources, protect ratepayers, secure market access for new technologies, and increase our grid and national security. A clean energy thought leader, CEN supports and promotes its state teams to educate policymakers and the public on the benefits of a clean energy economy.

Millennials favor free markets, greater energy choice, and cleaner energies by wide majorities. The differences are not ideological as much as they are generational. Young conservatives have emphasized their desire for solutions that use markets and competition to accelerate clean energy.

Conservatives don't believe that the government should mandate the use of clean energy, but want to see greater action taken to prioritize wind, solar, hydro, and other innovative technologies.

Bottom line: younger voters are less likely to vote for a candidate who opposes clean energy by two-to-one. They view clean energy as an important, and growing, part of America’s energy future.


Benji Backer, president of ACC said, “young voters are embracing clean energy because it is strengthening economic competitiveness, offering consumers greater choice and a more diverse energy portfolio. With the growing moral and economic implications of environmental issues, conservatives must lead if they hope to garner support from the youth demographic in future elections.”

The American Conservation Coalition is a millennial-led, free-market environmental organization. The ACC works on college campuses nationwide to educate millennials about a conservative approach to clean energy and conservation issues. The ACC supports a broad range of limited-government and market-centric policies to usher in a new generation of stewardship.



Major themes of the poll revealed bipartisan support for clean energy deployment and the consumer's right to choose their energy on the open market.


The poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies (POS), one of the nation’s top GOP polling firms. POS surveyed 400 18-24 year-old likely voters across the nation from February 10-14, 2018. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 4.9%.