Are Consumers Getting Tired of Hearing about Green Energy?

American consumers say they continue to strongly favor solar power, wind turbines and greener cars as energy solutions, but their overall support for clean energy concepts is eroding, Pike Research finds.

The slippage is among the more striking trends seen in the latest Energy & Environment Consumer Survey from Pike, which annually queries U.S. adults about  their perceptions and awareness of energy concepts.

From 2009 to 2011, the average favorability rating for various solutions fell from an initial 50 percent to 43 percent, according to recently released findings of a survey conducted late last year.

Solar power, wind energy, hybrids and electric cars are the four most favored concepts for a third year in a row. Cap and trade, LEED certification and carbon offsets and credits received the fewest favorable responses.

Here's a look at the favorability trends for 13 concepts and solutions based on responses from the more than 1,000 people who participated in the 2011 survey:



Researchers made a distinction between favorability perceptions and the responses made when consumers were specifically asked to consider whether they view each concept as being unfavorable. That question produced a slightly different lineup. Carbon offsets and credits, nuclear power and cap and trade were deemed the most unfavorable solutions. Here's a look at those trends:

Next Page: Does the ebb in support translate to consumer animosity?