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After back-to-back hurricanes, North Carolinians embrace environmental policy changes

North Carolinians who has witnessed first-hand the destruction of Hurricane Florence (and now Michael) are voicing strong support for restricting development in flood-prone areas, according to a new Elon Poll.

More than half of those surveyed earlier this month believe these storms are getting more severe, with a majority wanting lawmakers to make policy decisions that minimize future risk:

In its exploration of climate change and environmental regulation policy, the poll found strong support for restricting real estate development in flood-prone areas (76 percent) and for increasing environmental regulations for coal ash ponds (72 percent). Sixty-two percent support incorporating findings from climate change scientists into local government planning and ordinances and 59 percent support increasing environmental regulation for hog farms.

More than eight out of 10 said that climate change is “very” or “somewhat” likely to negatively impact the coastal communities of the state within the next 50 years, a slight uptick from when the Elon Poll asked that question in April 2017.

Here’s more from the Elon poll:

You can read the full poll results and methodology here.

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