A majority of voters in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina support the expansion of domestic energy production and infrastructure, including the approval and construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, according to a new poll from Consumer Energy Alliance.
Sixty percent of the voters surveyed in West Virginia, where the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would start, support the project. Fifty-four percent support the project in Virginia and 52 percent support the project in North Carolina. The approximately 600-mile pipeline would run though West Virginia and end in North Carolina.
Another much-discussed U.S. pipeline proposal, Keystone XL, also garnered a majority or plurality of support from surveyed voters in all three states.
Other key findings from this poll include:
- A least half of voters in each state have heard about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and support it
- Across all three states, about two-thirds of voters believe pipelines are the safest means for transporting natural gas
- At least 80 percent of voters in each state say issues are very or somewhat important in their voting decisions
- Candidates in next year’s midterm elections will need to take a strong stance on pipeline construction and energy development
- Substantially more voters are likely to vote for a candidate who supports natural gas infrastructure projects – like the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
“As we’ve seen in years past, the success of those running for Governor or for seats in this election cycle will hinge on their ability to promote issues that stimulate the economy, create jobs, contribute to the well-being of U.S. families and small businesses, as well as helping to ensure the protection of our environment,” CEA President David Holt said. “And promoting the expansion of domestic energy production and infrastructure, especially pipelines, remains the best way to achieve all of the above.”