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According to a recent poll conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. (ORC) for the Newton, Mass.-based nonprofit Civil Society Institute, 93% of Massachusetts residents - including 78% of those who live on the Cape and on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard - agree that the state should be "a national leader in using cleaner and renewable energy on a large scale by moving ahead with offshore wind power" and other clean energy initiatives. 

Another major finding was that 78% of residents support wind as the best energy resource to provide electricity to Cape Cod and the islands. Sixty-one percent of Cape/islands residents endorse wind, ORC adds. Wind energy is supported by 74% of Republicans, 81% of Democrats and 78% of Independents.

Furthermore, three out of four state residents claim they are "aware of the public discussion about Cape Wind, the offshore wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound," while 24% said they had no awareness. Among the Cape/islands portion of the respondents, 93% are aware of Cape Wind discussion, says ORC.

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