PPP's annual poll on the UNC/Duke basketball game finds the same thing it has all 8 years the poll has been conducted- residents of the state will be pulling for the Tar Heels on Saturday night. 41% of voters say they're pulling for UNC to only 27% who support Duke. Those numbers are exactly identical to what we found last year.
This is a rare issue in North Carolina these days where we find Democrats and Republicans in agreement. Democrats (48/25) are pulling for the Tar Heels by a wider margin, but Republicans (38/28) put their support behind UNC as well.
Roy Williams and Mike Krzyzewski have identical favorability ratings with North Carolina voters- 48% see them positively to 13% who hold a negative opinion of each of them. Those are numbers that any political figure in the state would die for. One thing that is particularly noteworthy is that fans of UNC and Duke respect the opposing team's coach. 45% of Duke fans have a favorable opinion of Williams to 25% with a negative one, and an identical 45% of UNC fans have a favorable opinion of Krzyzewski to 25% with a negative one. For all that's made of the hatred in the rivalry, there's a good amount of mutual respect between the two school's fan bases.
One finding on this poll is more important to UNC than whether people are rooting for them in a basketball game this weekend. 57% of North Carolinians say they consider UNC-Chapel Hill to be one of the best public universities in the country to only 19% who say they don't think it is. Last year when we asked that question it was a 54/21 spread. That indicates the findings from the Wainstein Report haven't done any further damage to UNC's image within the state, and North Carolinians still hold it in pretty high regard as an institution. Even among Duke fans a 52/33 majority believes UNC to be one of the best public universities in the country.
Other notes from North Carolina: