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Environmental poll shows opposition to fracking, relaxing regulations

A new poll by an environmental group shows most North Carolinians oppose fracking, favor clean energy and overwhelmingly think current regulations are sufficient or should be stronger.

“From the mountains to the beaches, it’s clear that North Carolinians take special pride in their state, and see state environmental safeguards as protecting our heritage and ensuring that our children can enjoy the Carolina we know and love,” said Natural Resources Defense Council senior attorney Luis Martinez of Asheville, in a statement.

The poll will be publicly released on Monday.

Among its findings:

61 percent say environmental standards and regulatory safeguards do more good than harm.

More than 75 percent say current standards and safeguards are “about right” or “too weak.” Only 13 percent say they are too strong.

55 percent oppose fracking. Opposition was strongest in the Triangle, with 59 percent against it. In Charlotte, 53 percent oppose; in the Triad, 48 percent oppose; in the easternmost and westernmost parts of the state, 55 percent oppose.

Rating the politicians: 44 percent disapprove of the job the state legislature is doing, while 40 percent approve. Gov. Pat McCrory received a 47percent approval rating, and a 33 percent disapproval.

The telephone poll was conducted June 25-30 and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.


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