Margin of Error: Coal ash questions provide rare common ground for Republicans, Democrats

Posted April 1, 2014

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— Have you checked out WRAL News' new polling blog, Margin of Error?


Well, now's you're chance.

Michael Cobb, a political science professor at North Carolina State University, has taken on the task of taking apart polls for us. In his latest piece, Cobb writes that the recent coal ash spill has created a rare moment of partisan comity

"WRAL found that 88 percent of North Carolinians said Duke (Energy) should pay cleanup costs to secure coal ash sites," Cobb wrote. "Respondents agreed, regardless of their party identification or political ideology. I can name on one hand the number of issues in which Republicans and Democrats agree, so this consensus should not be taken lightly."

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  • rdu27609 Apr 2, 2014

    Here's a thought. Wral is making an opinion based on their writers political viewpoint. Stop making everything political. Be better than this mess that was caused decades ago and like many things in government, it simply went unnoticed. Report something good on the news. The political back and forth over this coal ash is ridiculous. Spend some time and look to find when the majority of these ponds were permitted; I have, it was long, long ago and I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with our governor then either. Some ponds date back to the 1940's... Do your research wral. Report something good. Wral is better than this all the time negative sentiment you keep shoveling to your audience. I have been a long time viewer but to be honest, I'm tired of the constant negative game.