Top Concerns of North Carolina Voters
The environment in general, and more specifically clean water and
clean air, rank among the top concerns of North Carolina voters.
Over half the voters surveyed are extremely concerned about the
quality of air and water, while nearly half of NC voters are extremely
concerned about the environment in general. These issues are of
approximately equal importance to voters as are education, health
care, taxes, crime and drugs, and Medicare and Social Security.
- Voters have a cynical view of the political process, with over
half believing that campaign contributions influence how an elected
official chooses to vote on environmental issues.
- By an overwhelming margin, voters reject the notion that a
choice must be made between a "clean environment and a strong
economy," instead proposing that a clean environment and
a strong economy can successfully co-exist.
- One in two North Carolina voters maintain that the "the
environment is a primary factor in deciding how to vote,"
while almost nine in ten voters say it is one of the key issues
- When voters are asked specifically how important clean
air, water, and open space are in deciding their voting choice,
a commanding 56% called these issues a "primary factor"
in determining their voting decision.
- By a margin of more than 30%, voters would choose a candidate
who supports strong environmental laws over those who would weaken
government regulations in this area.
- In addition, when voters are told that environmental groups
support one candidate, and developers and corporations back
a second candidate, their support for the environmental candidate
- In judging who should be responsible for paying for this increased
enforcement of our environmental laws, voters overwhelmingly believe
that individuals who break these laws and businesses that pollute
should pay for cleanup efforts.
- Over three quarters of voters strongly support the idea
of environmental law-breakers' paying fines and businesses
that pollute paying higher fees for dumping permits, with
the money earmarked to cover the cost of environmental law
- North Carolinians are looking for candidates and current government
officials to take stronger action to protect the environment.
- Over three-quarters of voters believe that the government
needs to more strictly enforce current laws protecting the
environment or enact tougher laws. This support cuts across
ethnicity, gender, party, and ideology. Yet, sentiment is
much stronger when it comes to stricter enforcement of current
laws (53%) than the enactment of new laws and regulations
- Specific environmental concerns correspond to voters' focus
on the environment as a quality of life issue.
- Voters are more concerned with environmental issues that
effect their everyday life and health, such as clean air and
water (80% extremely or very concerned). Yet, voters also
see a number of other environmental improvements that they
believe could and should be achieved by elected officials.
The general message that is most salient to NC voters is preserving
the environment for their children (71% very convincing), while
the specific messages referring to the protection of clean water
(two-thirds very convincing) and clean air (61% very convincing)
are very appealing to these voters.
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