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YouGov tracker: Public consistently in favour of government subsidies for solar development

04 May 2023

This YouGov tracker shows that support for government spending to develop solar power is consistently high (around 70-80%), and opposition is low (between 8-11%).

It shows a line graph mapping responses to the question "should the government pay energy companies to help develop solar power". On the vertical axis is the percentage of support, and on the horizontal axis is time (from August 2019 to May 2023. There are three lines in the graph. The pink line represents "The government is right to spend money encouraging this form of energy", and sits consistently between 70-80% over the time period. The purple line "the government is wrong to spend money encouraging this form of energy" sits consistently between 0-15%. Don

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