Chick-Fil-A is definitely winning in the court of public opinion in North Carolina. 40% of voters rate it as their favorite fast food chicken place to 23% for KFC and 18% for Bojangles.
There is a large ideological split on the all important chicken issue. Voters describing themselves as 'very liberal' actually say that they prefer KFC to Chick-Fil-A by a 43/11 margin, with Bojangles coming in second at 17%. But Chick-Fil-A defeats KFC 61-17 with 'very conservative' voters, a much larger group within the state's electorate.
Chick-Fil-A's overall favorability is 68/22. With Republicans it's 92/4- that's a pretty remarkable figure- it would be hard to find anything else 92% of North Carolina Republicans have a favorable opinion of. Chick-Fil-A is at 51/35 with Democrats, and its 68/22 standing with independents matches its overall numbers. Bojangles has a 63/13 favorability rating and KFC comes in at 60/18/ North Carolinians appear to like their fast food chicken chains a whole lot more than their politicians.
As long as we were polling on fast food we also looked at the burger chains. Wendy's come out as the winner on that front with 35% of voters picking it as their favorite to 23% for McDonald's, 15% for Burger King, and 13% for Hardee's. The burger wars aren't nearly as polarizing as the chicken wars. Wendy's is the top choice of Republicans (42-23), independents (34-23), and Democrats (29-24). Finally something that North Carolinians can agree on regardless of party lines.
In terms of simple favorability ratings Wendy's has the best numbers 0f any of the chains, chicken or burger focused, with 72% of voters giving it favorable marks and 13% unfavorable. The other burger places are in the 50s- 59/23 for McDonald's and 52/27 for both Burger King and Hardee's.
I'm not sure how relevant any of this poll is to anything...but you can't accuse us of not being thorough in measuring the opinions of North Carolinians about everything under the sun.
Full results here