Last month’s massive coal ash spill into the Dan River received national publicity by the major television networks and, most recently, in the New York Times. It has been written about frequently by all of the major newspapers in the state. Gov. McCrory’s relationship with Duke Energy and the state’s environmental oversight of the power company has been scrutinized.
So, how informed is the N.C. electorate about the spill? Not, according to the Elon Poll.
Sixty-four percent of registered voters who responded to the poll said they had heard little or nothing about the spill.
The demographic breakdown shows little distinction by political party, gender or race. Age, however, is telling. Eighty percent of the 18-30 age group had heard little or nothing about the spill. Fifty-two percent of the 65+ age group had heard little or nothing about it. Put another way, 20% of the 18-30 age group knew a lot of the spill, and 48% of the 65+ group does.
Presumably it has to do with the news consumption habits of each group. The older demographic reads newspapers and watches more television news.
— John Robinson