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A collection of progressive groups (some even call themselves liberals) says a recent North Carolina poll found strong public support for some of their issues.

The poll was done by OnPoint Polling and Research of Raleigh.  That’s the group that got the Wake County school bonds vote right last year.

The most striking results:

  • More than 60 percent of likely voters supported spending “millions of dollars” to provide health insurance for uninsured children;
  • And more than 60 percent would support a universal health insurance plan like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s in California, in which the cost would be shared by taxpayers, insurance companies, doctors, hospitals and people who have insurance.

 Among groups involved in the poll were AARP, Academy of Trial Lawyers, AFL-CIO, Conservation Council, Planned Parenthood and Equality NC.

Other, less surprising, findings:

  • 87 percent support requiring chemical plants to publicize lists of dangerous products they have.  (You have to wonder about the 13 percent who are opposed.)
  • 69 percent support letting counties charge impact fees on developers to help pay for new schools (although developers say they have differently worded polls that show the opposite).
  • 64 percent favor making the income tax deduction permanent for people who use the North Carolina college savings plan.
  • 62 percent support requiring hog farmers to replace lagoons with new technology.
  • 61 percent favor an annual cost-of-living adjustment for the minimum wage.
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