Poll finds US adults are unfamiliar with biomass

By Staff | June 30, 2014

A recently released Harris Poll addresses public perception of a variety of energy technologies, including biomass energy. The results show that many U.S. adults are unfamiliar with biomass energy and its benefits.

Within its results, the company called biomass the “biggest question mark” on the survey, as 61 percent of adults surveyed said they were not at all sure of its risks or benefits. Approximately 29 percent, however, said they feel the benefits of biomass outweigh its risks. Only 9 percent of those polled said they believe the risks of biomass outweigh its benefits.

Historical data from 2009, 2011 and 2012 indicates public perceptions of biomass have remained largely unchanged in recent years. On a regional basis, respondents from the West region of the U.S. were most likely to find biomass beneficial, with 35 percent of respondents saying the benefits of biomass outweigh the risks. Gen X (ages 37-48) and Echo Boomers (ages 18-36) were more likely to indicate that the benefits of biomass outweigh the risk than members of older generational cohorts.


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