Polling of Trump voters in North Carolina published last month revealed that voters consider clean energy to be an economic development issue, not a partisan issue, with 3 out of 4 Trump voters saying they are more likely to support a pro-clean energy legislator.
The polling was done by Conservatives for Clean Energy (CCE), an organization designed to educate “the public on the benefits of clean and renewable energy sources,” currently working out of North Carolina and Virginia. The polling, which took place during late February and was published during March, revealed strong bipartisan support among North Carolinians for a series of efforts, including “increasing electricity customers’ access to renewable energy and energy efficiency; maintaining or increasing the state’s existing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS) law; and increasing competition and choice for energy purchasing.”
Over three years of polling North Carolinian voters, CCE has found more than 70% desire greater competition and choice for energy purchasing across North Carolina’s “highly-regulated, monopoly-controlled electricity market.” Nearly 56% of respondents believe that multi-acre solar projects have a positive impact on communities. And more than 83% said they would be more likely to support a lawmaker or candidate who supported policies encouraging renewable energy options such as solar, wind, and waste-to-energy technologies.
To dive further into this figure, the report showed that it included 79.1% of Republican voters and 73.5% of Trump supporters.
“While we have plenty of issues that divide our state, renewable energy isn’t one of them,” said Mark Fleming, President and CEO of Conservatives for Clean Energy. “North Carolina voters see renewable energy as a tremendous opportunity for economic growth for our state, which is already home to over 34,000 jobs across a $7 billion clean energy industry. We need only to look at other states in the Southeast, such as South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, as states pursuing more aggressive clean energy policies.”
“Although many Americans might say their country has changed dramatically after the November election, the polling results on clean energy in North Carolina remain the same: people of all political parties strongly support clean energy, including three out of four Trump voters who want a greater investment in renewable energy,” said Dee Stewart, President and CEO of The Stewart Group.
“At the end of the day, North Carolinians care about job creation. They have seen the positive economic impact of renewables in their communities and want lawmakers who will help keep the economic momentum driving forward by supporting energy policies where renewable energy growth can be sustained and more communities can benefit.”
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