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Civitas Poll: Voters back developing NC natural gas resources

Posted Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Raleeigh, NC - The latest Civitas Poll shows that North Carolina voters strongly favor developing the state’s natural gas resources, including offshore reserves.

The poll of 500 NC registered voters had a margin of error of plus-minus 4.36 percent.

“Voters want to see North Carolina develop the natural resources lying right under our feet, or just off our seacoast,” said Civitas President Francis X. De Luca. “Legislators should heed these beliefs, and pay less attention to the scare tactics often used to block energy development.”

Actual text of question from the Civitas Statewide Energy Survey:

Should North Carolina be more aggressive in exploiting its natural gas reserves, both onshore and offshore, to help North Carolina become energy independent?

69% Yes
21% No
6% It Depends/ Only some
4% Don’t Know

For crosstabs from these questions, click here.

About the Poll:

This poll of 500 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted May 2, 4 and 5, 2013 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of registered general election voters in North Carolina. Fifteen percent of the respondents were cell phone-only users. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past two general elections (2010, 2012) or be newly registered to vote since November 3, 2012.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 500 interviews (registered voters) will be within +-4.36% of the “True Values.”

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More information on the Civitas Institute is available at, or contact Jim Tynen at or (919) 834-2099.

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