Election days are serious stuff so we thought it would be good to release one of our lighter poll this afternoon- one looking at how North Carolinians feel about their neighboring states.
-The neighbor North Carolinians have the highest opinion of is Virginia. 54% of voters see it favorably to only 14% with a negative opinion. Every demographic group we track has pretty positive feelings toward Virginia.
The neighbor North Carolinians have the lowest opinion of is South Carolina, although it still comes out alright with 43% of voters holding a favorable view of it to 24% with a negative one. The problem for South Carolina is that both Democrats (27/37) and African Americans (28/36) see it unfavorably. It's interesting to note though that the North Carolinians closest to South Carolina- those in Metro Charlotte- give it its best reviews at 52/25. Folks in the Triangle have the dimmest view at 38/33. Maybe they just need to get to know it better.
Tennessee (48/14) and Georgia (47/17) both fall in between the Virginia and South Carolina numbers.
-North Carolinians don't think much of either of the major protest movements in the country right now. They oppose the goals of Occupy Wall Street by a 41/35 margin, and they oppose the goals of the Tea Party by a 47/40 margin as well. The Tea Party actually narrowly wins out, 43/40, when it comes to which of the movements North Carolinians have a more positive opinion about.
-North Carolinians are closely divided- and fairly ambivalent- in their feelings about both of their US Senators. Kay Hagan's approval spread comes down at 39/41, and Richard Burr's is 35/36. 29% with no opinion about Burr is higher than we find just about any other Senator in the country, and the 20% who don't have a take on Hagan is pretty large too. It's just more evidence that these folks are both wave election Senators- big year for their party, they get reelected. Bad year for their party, they probably get defeated. Neither has done much to separate themselves from the way the wind blows.
Full results here