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Poll: North Carolinians Support American Jobs Plan

Voter Support for Jobs Plan’s Climate and Clean Energy Investments Through the Roof Across All 13 North Carolina Congressional Districts

Data for Progress, LCV release new American Jobs Plan poll and modeled data


RALEIGH, N.C.—
Data for Progress and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released new modeled state and congressional district-level poll data showing overwhelming bipartisan support in North Carolina and across the country for the investments the American Jobs Plan would make in climate, clean energy, good-paying union jobs, and justice.

The groups conducted a joint poll (PDF) to assess the attitudes of likely voters towards the American Jobs Plan, specifically the key provisions that address climate change, advance clean energy deployment and domestic manufacturing, support clean water, and advance equity by focusing 40% of the benefits of climate and clean energy infrastructure investments into low-income communities, communities of color, and other disadvantaged communities. The Data for Progress team used advanced modeling techniques to estimate support at the congressional district and state level.

The model shows support for the jobs plan ranges from 67% to 84% across North Carolina’s districts, even the most conservative. 73% to 85% of registered voters in these districts want Congress to invest in clean energy jobs, 79% to 87% support replacing all lead water pipes, 59% to 79% want 40% of the plan’s investments to go toward frontline communities, 59% to 77% think these investments will create jobs and grow the economy, and 66% to 84% think it important that Congress acts on climate. The statewide numbers are roughly at the median of those ranges for each question.

POLL RESULTS BY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

“If North Carolina’s members of Congress listen to their constituents’ wishes as expressed in this poll, our entire delegation will vote unanimously for this comprehensive package of investments in our clean energy future,” said Carrie Clark, NCLCV Executive Director. “We can’t wait any longer to build back better in the short term or to begin the urgent work of creating a long-term, just, sustainable clean energy future that benefits our most vulnerable communities. That’s what North Carolinians are demanding from their leaders and what the American Jobs Plan will create.”

“The majority of North Carolinians — Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike — support government investment in good-paying jobs in clean energy, and I am honored to represent them in supporting the American Jobs Plan,” said Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-2). “The American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-generation investment in North Carolina’s workers, industry, and economy. North Carolina is already a leader in clean energy in many ways. Our state has the second-highest installed solar energy generation capacity nationwide, the most offshore wind energy generation potential of any state along the Atlantic coast, and more rural clean energy jobs than any other state in the country. The American Jobs Plan will provide good-paying jobs, build up the workforce, and enable North Carolina to continue to lead the way in clean energy.”

“Voters have made it overwhelmingly clear that they support the investments of the American Jobs Plan in climate, clean energy jobs, and justice,” said Sean McElwee, Data for Progress Executive Director. “Our polling finds bipartisan support for the climate and clean energy pieces of the proposal, even amongst voters in swing states.”

“Standing in the way of progress on climate, clean energy, and environmental justice is simply not an option for any elected official who cares what their constituents think,” said Pete Maysmith, LCV SVP of Campaigns. “From NY-14 to GA-14, the majority of voters from across the political spectrum support investing at least $2 trillion dollars to create good-paying jobs in the clean energy economy while tackling climate change and environmental racism because it is the right thing to do for people and the planet.”

“The American Jobs Plan offers a number of common-sense and widely popular opportunities to put Americans back to work and ensure that their jobs provide competitive wages and good benefits,” said Roxanne Brown, United Steelworkers Vice President at Large. “From building out our nation’s supply chains to making robust infrastructure investments, it’s clear that Americans share the administration’s priorities of rebuilding our nation and securing the jobs of the future.”

“Congress must listen to the majority of voters and ensure that the American Jobs Plan builds healthy communities that are free of toxic pollution, and have access to affordable clean energy and good-paying union jobs,” said Harold Mitchell, founder of the ReGenesis Community Development Corporation, member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, and former South Carolina State Representative. “To help achieve these goals, it is imperative that at least 40% of the benefits of our climate and clean energy investments go to the communities of color and low income communities most impacted by toxic pollution and environmental injustices while ensuring the remaining investments do not cause further harm.”

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The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) is a pragmatic, results-oriented, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the health and quality of life for all North Carolinians. We elect environmental champions, advocate for environmental policies that protect our communities, and hold elected leaders accountable for their decisions. We have worked for over 50 years to create the political environment that will protect our natural environment.

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