But according to a new Morning Consult/Politico poll, 57 percent of the country’s voters back a concerted oil-to-renewables transition, while 28 percent oppose it.
In the debate’s aftermath, the Biden campaign clarified the candidate’s comments by saying the Delaware Democrat meant only that he would phase out tax subsidies for the oil industry.
But a full phaseout is popular with voters. Net support — the share who support minus the share opposed — for transitioning away from the oil industry is 60 points among Democrats (73 percent support and 13 percent opposed) and 24 among independent voters (52 support and 28 opposed), according to an Oct. 23 poll of 1,848 registered voters.
And net support from Republicans is underwater by just 5 points (41 percent support and 46 percent opposed), perhaps indicating that the issue is not nearly as partisan as the two men on the debate stage seemed to posit.