RALEIGH, N.C., March 2, 2016 — Sixty-four percent of North Carolina voters, including 83 percent of Republicans, 64 percent of Independents and 52 percent of Democrats, support offshore development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources, according to a new poll released today by the North Carolina Petroleum Council (NCPC). As the primary debates continue ahead of the general election, 86 percent of North Carolina voters agree that energy is an important issue when it comes to the priorities the federal government should be focusing on.
"A strong bipartisan majority of voters in North Carolina continue to support producing more domestic energy and creating more jobs in the state," said NCPC Executive Director David McGowan. “Cutting-edge technologies and a core value of safety have helped make the U.S. the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world while protecting the environment and creating jobs in North Carolina.”
The statewide telephone poll of 664 North Carolina registered voters also found that:
- 88 percent agree that increased production of oil and natural gas could lead to more jobs in the U.S.
- 82 percent agree that producing more domestic oil and natural gas could help lower energy costs for U.S. consumers.
- 77 percent agree that producing more domestic oil and natural gas could benefit federal and state budgets through lease payments, royalty fees and other sources of revenue.
- 75 percent agree that producing more domestic oil and natural gas could help strengthen America’s national security by lessening the negative impacts of political instability occurring in other parts of the world.
“North Carolina is uniquely positioned to add jobs and create revenue for local needs through energy development, like schools, infrastructure, beach re-nourishment and inlet dredging,” said McGowan. “North Carolina has the largest coastal area within the proposed leasing zone, meaning we stand to benefit more than any other Atlantic Coast state. Given that the proposed area for development is well past the horizon at 50 miles, offshore platforms would not be visible from land. Energy development can safely coexist with our current tourism and fishing industries while at the same time providing much needed diversity for our local economies.”
This week, the NCPC also launched a new advertising campaign to promote bringing safe and responsible energy development and well-paying jobs home to North Carolina.
The NCPC is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 650 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry also supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy.
The study was conducted January 22 – February 1, 2016 by telephone on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute among 664 registered voters in North Carolina, with a sampling error of +/- 3.8%. A full methodology is available upon request.
"What America is Thinking on Energy Issues" is a public opinion series provided by API, offering data to inform policy discussions and ensure policymakers and others know Americans' perspectives on key energy issues.