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Ideological middle grows faster in N.C. than political parties

Posted March 15

Renewable energy

While it may seem that politics is growing more polarized, the reality is something much different – at least in North Carolina. “The ideological center of the state continues to move to the center,” says an analysis of a new statewide poll conducted by Paul Shumaker, a consultant who led Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s successful re-election effort.

“Stagnant growth of Republicans, a more liberal Democratic Party and explosive growth of unaffiliated voters who are now more reflective of the ideological makeup of the state than either of the two major parties.” The survey was conducted for N.C. Conservatives for Clean Energy.

Other finding from the survey include: Voters prefer new clean energy policies over other energy options; they continue to overwhelmingly back the state’s renewable energy mandate to increase solar and wind to 12.5 percent of the state’s energy mix by 2021; voters support allowing other companies to compete with public utilities to provide more choice; and they feel solar farms have a positive impact on the state.

For more about N.C. Conservatives for Clean Energy and the survey, click here.

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