North Carolinians just don't know what to make of sharks these days. 62% of voters in the state have no opinion about them one way or the other. Among those who do have one, 15% see them favorably to 22% who have an unfavorable opinion.
The good news for the North Carolina tourism industry in the wake of the recent shark attacks is that not too many beach goers are planning to curb their travel this year. Among the 40% of voters in the state who say they usually go to the beach every summer, 82% say the attacks have no impact on their plans this year compared to only 15% who say they're less likely to go to the beach because of them. Democrats (20%) are a lot more likely to be scared of the sharks than Republicans (9%) are.
On to more serious matters:
-In the wake of last month's shooting in Charleston North Carolinians strongly support universal background checks on gun purchases, and oppose the flying of the Confederate flag over government buildings. 86% of voters support background checks to only 10% who are opposed. That includes 90% of Democrats, 85% of Republicans, and 79% of independents.
Opinion about the flag is more evenly divided- 38% of voters support continuing to fly it compared to 48% who are opposed. This is an issue where Republicans are well out of line with the overall population- 58% of them are in favor of it to 25% who are opposed. Meanwhile Democrats (22/68) are strongly against it and independents (37/47) pretty much mirror the overall numbers.