Poll: NC voter support for clean energy policies ticks down but stays strong
Additional key finding include:
- Democrats and Republicans often approach policy issues as polar opposites. Unlike in science, these opposites do not always attract.
- Market competition, encouraging diversification of energy sources and energy efficient upgrades are issues that attract the polar opposites. Reliance on traditional energy sources and fossil fuels create friction between the two.
- Concerns about climate change is the underlying catalyst for the friction.
- A majority of voters believe we are now seeing the effects of climate change. 1 out of 3 Republicans, 2 out of 3 Unaffiliated voters and 3 out of 4 Democrats believe we are seeing the effects.
- Addressing climate change is more problematic for Republicans than Democrats. However, failure to do so opens the door for Democrats to build their issue coalition with the Unaffiliated voters.
- Democrats and Unaffiliated voters hold opinions that are more closely aligned in regard to the issue of climate change.