Caroline Petition Presentation
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Slide 1: Text of the petition presented to Caroline residents.
Slide 2: The hardest part in reaching people was finding someone at home. Petitioners made multiple passes on nearly all the roads in the Town of Caroline but some residents remain “uncontacted” because they were never at home when a petitioner visited. The percent of residents contacted (60%) is larger than the percent of the adults (around 45%) who vote in a typical election.
Slide 3: Residents were contacted throughout the Town of Caroline. The density of dots reflects the population density in the town. No particular area was singled out.
Slide 4: Residents contacted are representative of all Caroline residents. For example, the party affiliations of those contacted are the same as for the town as a whole.
Slide 5: Another example showing that residents contacted are representative of the town. The ages of residents contacted are similar to those for the town as a whole.
Slide 6: Residents who signed the petition live all over Caroline. Signers live in the rural areas as well as the hamlets.
Slide 7: This is not a one-party issue. Residents of all political parties would like the town to prevent high-volume hydraulic fracturing from being used here.
Slide 8: Likewise, this is an issue that concerns residents of all ages.
Slide 9: Some residents were undecided when first approached by a petitioner; some of these residents later signed, some of them decided they would not sign, and some remained undecided to the end, or weren’t home when petitioners returned. Nearly every number below represents a person-to-person conversation; exceptions are that some of the “Wouldn’t Signs” are inferred from “Friends of Natural Gas” signs and 45 signatures (4% of the total) were obtained on-line. Residents overwhelmingly support a ban: 76% of those voicing an opinion, and 71% of those contacted at all, favor a ban.
Slide 10: Residents are deeply concerned about the impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing on our community. Not only did petitioners take the time to reach as many residents as possible, an unprecedented number of residents took the time to voice their opinion.