Approval Sky High for Amazon HQ2 Bid in the Triangle

The vast majority of Triangle residents want the Amazon HQ2 project in a new poll with support 79 percent or higher across all demographics, political affiliation, level of income and education.

But a look inside the numbers shows that non-whites, women, older residents, those lacking a college degree, and Democrats view the project most favorably.

Elon University, in partnership with American City Business Journals, reported Wednesday that “strongly support” or “somewhat support” North Carolina recruiting the project, which promises $5 billion in investment and 50,000 jobs.

While 80 percent of those surveyed are against having to pay higher taxes in order to secure the project, other findings were overwhelmingly positive about HQ2.

In fact, the largest percentage of a group opposed to the project – Independent voters – was a scant 10 percent.

Independents also were the most neutral about HQ2, but only 11 percent.

“In Raleigh, 43 percent of residents ‘strongly support’ Amazon locating its second headquarters there, while 7 percent said they opposed the project,” Elon reported.

“Forty-nine percent said their region is ‘definitely’ the best choice among the contenders, from the perspective of Amazon executives, while 12 percent said probably or definitely not. ...
— Rick Smith - WRAL
Brent Woodcox