What the Northwest Thinks
DHM, which has 30 years of experience designing and conducting focus groups and surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States, conducted the independent survey in February and March 2014 in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
The polling found that a majority of citizens (75 percent) agree that the Northwest’s hydropower keeps our air cleaner than other parts of the country. Similarly, 74 percent agree that hydro makes us less dependent on other sources of electricity like coal and natural gas.
Hydro = Renewable
Three in four residents (74 percent) believe that hydropower from dams is a renewable energy resource.
Dams and Salmon Must Co-Exist
The vast majority of Northwest residents, 73 percent, say it is critical to the Northwest for dams and salmon to co-exist.
Snake River Dams
Northwest residents continue to believe that removing the four dams on the Snake River is an extreme solution.
Hydro = Most Practical
A strong majority, 54 percent of residents, identify hydropower as the Northwest’s “Most Practical” resource for meeting electrical energy needs, with wind and solar far behind at 15 percent and 6 percent respectively.