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Poll: 62 Percent of CT Residents Think High Energy Costs Affect Prosperity

October 24, 2017 By Staff
Poll: 62 Percent of CT Residents Think High Energy Costs Affect Prosperity

A plurality of residents believe high energy costs in Connecticut impact the prosperity of both individuals and businesses, according to a new poll.

A majority of Connecticut residents (61.9 percent) believes high energy costs in the state affect “the ability for individuals to be prosperous.” A plurality (48.8 percent) believes high energy costs impact the prosperity of businesses, as well.

Those are two of the takeaways from a new poll released by Sacred Heart University (SHU) this week. (Check out Reclaim Connecticut’s breakdown of other toplines here.)

(Screenshot from SHU’s “Report of Findings.”)

Reclaim Connecticut asked Dr. Lesley DeNardis, who leads SHU’s Institute for Public Policy, for her thoughts on these results.

“It is an outgrowth,” DeNardis said, “from the quality of life, or cost of living” concerns among state residents.

“Our energy bills,” she added, “are very, very high,” particularly for those who use oil.

“We just wanted to document how aware people were,” DeNardis concluded.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Connecticut has the second-highest average retail price for electricity (17.77 cents per kilowatt hour) in the nation, after Hawaii (26.17 cents per kilowatt hour). Connecticut’s electricy prices are 70 percent higher than the national average of 10.41 cents per kilowatt hour.