PPP's monthly North Carolina poll finds overwhelming bipartisan agreement that Duke Energy- and not anyone else- should pay for the clean up from the recent coal ash spill. 79% think the company should bear the cost rather than taxpayers or customers to only 12% who disagree. There's also no divide along party lines at all on the issue- independents (81/9), Republicans (79/11), and Democrats (79/14) all think the onus should fall on Duke. This episode is having a pretty negative overall impact on Duke's image in the state too- only 26% of voters have a favorable opinion of the company overall to 52% with an unfavorable one.
This issue is proving to be problematic for Pat McCrory. Only 30% of voters say they approve of the way he's handled the coal ash issue to 44% who disapprove. His overall approval numbers are in line with what we and most other pollsters have found recently- 40% approve of the job he's doing to 47% who disapprove.
Other notes from our North Carolina poll:
-Mike Huckabee continues to be the top choice of North Carolina Republicans to be their candidate for President in 2016. 19% say he'd be their pick to 15% for Chris Christie, 14% for Ted Cruz, 12% for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, 6% for Scott Walker, 5% for Marco Rubio, 4% for Paul Ryan, and 1% for Bobby Jindal. Huckabee leads based on his strong support among voters who identify themselves as 'very conservative.'
Hillary Clinton continues to hold small leads over the leading potential Republican candidates in the state. Jeb Bush comes closest to her at 47/46 and she leads Chris Christie 46/42, Rand Paul 49/43, and Mike Huckabee 49/42.
-And on the subject of Clintons Bill Clinton has a 52/41 favorability rating with voters in the state, including a 53/40 mark with independents. He'd probably be an asset for Kay Hagan out on the campaign trail.
Full results here