The final part of our North Carolina poll this month looks at some cultural issues in the state and how its changing population might be changing things.
The Tar Heel state has always been associated with NASCAR, tobacco, and moonshine but none of those things are all that popular anymore. Just 32% of North Carolinians consider themselves to be NASCAR fans, just 17% like tobacco, and only 14% say they're fans of moonshine. There's a big divide on NASCAR based on whether people are natives of the state- 39% of whom like it- or came here from elsewhere- just 19% of whom like it.
There is one thing that continues to unite North Carolinians of all stripes though- barbecue. 87% of voters in the state say they like it to only 12% who don't. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican (92%), a Democrat (86%), or an independent (82%), if you're a North Carolinian you love barbecue. And it doesn't even matter whether you were born here (87%) or came from somewhere else (86%).
There are a couple other food items that continue to earn the favor of most North Carolinians- 74% like Krispy Kreme donuts and 63% like sweet tea. There are some big divides on those based on native or non-nativedom though. For instance natives prefer Krispy Kreme over Dunkin Donuts by a 49 point margin, 67/18, while newcomers prefer it by only a 7 point margin over its northern rival at 41/34.
And finally we found that 8% of North Carolinians have taken heed of Petey Pablo and taken their shirts off and twisted them around their heads just like a helicopter. Another 9% of voters in the state can't remember whether they have or not, and 83% say they haven't. The results on this question suggest that Democrats have more fun- 13% of them have done this to only 5% of Republicans.
Full results here