Raleigh, N.C. – 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 issues- 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.
“It’s pretty unusual in North Carolina these days to find a hot button issue that Democrats and Republicans are completely in agreement about,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But there’s broad consensus that this should be Duke Energy’s mess to clean up and no one else’s.”