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Poll: N.C. Faves Include Beach, Berries, BBQ

Posted July 3, 2007

North Carolinians prefer to take their summer vacations and eat their barbeque in the eastern part of the state, new poll results show.

In a Public Policy Polling survey, 51 percent of respondents said they prefer to spend their in-state summer vacations on the beach.

Twenty-eight percent favored the mountains, while 21 percent had no preference.

Overall, 52 percent said they chose to vacation in North Carolina, while 48 percent go out of state.

Food favorites parallel the geographical preference for the east.

Forty-seven percent of respondents expressed a taste for eastern-style barbeque, compared to 29 percent for western-style barbeque.

The survey, which was released today, also sampled North Carolinians' favorite summer fruits.

Strawberries were the top choice by 37 percent, followed by watermelons at 21 percent, peaches at 16 percent and blueberries at 13 percent. One percent of respondents said they don't eat fruit.

Survey respondents were also asked about their in-state sport teams loyalties.

For professional teams, 49 percent chose the Carolina Panthers as their favorite North Carolina team.

Fourteen percent said they were big fans of the Carolina Hurricanes, and 10 percent reported that the Charlotte Bobcats claim their top loyalties.

Among collegiate schools, 33 percent chose UNC-Chapel Hill as their favorite team. Seventeen percent expressed support for NC State and 12 percent for Duke.

Seven percent said they belonged to the Wake Forest fan base, and 6 percent to ECU's.

Despite North Carolina's reputation as a hot bed of car racing, only 34% of respondents said they follow NASCAR.

PPP conducted a telephone survey of 467 adult North Carolina residents between June 28 and July 2. The survey has a margin error of 4.5 percent.


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  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 4, 2007

    PS Refiman2...there is an old saying that "it takes a redneck to know one." If you need assist in finding a psychologist, I am a health care professional and can assist as needed. Peace!

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 4, 2007

    Refiman2...I will pray for you every night. You sound as though you are a thoroughly unhappy human being who needs to talk bad about others in order to feel good himself. With that appearing to be the case (and since you can afford it, apparently) I suggest that you seek a psychologist who can help you to overcome all the aggression that you have bottled up inside yourself. I offer you best wishes with your therapy! Have a WONDERFUL day!! :-)

  • jetset Jul 4, 2007

    Refiman2---which state do you like the best? Why? Thanks for your comments. Happy 4th to you!!

  • Refiman2 Jul 3, 2007

    skankysoutherngirl42, as far as gambling goes, it makes more sense than alot of thing I see people in this state do with theirs

  • SpunkyGrits The One and Only Jul 3, 2007

    I prosper off people in NC doing stupid things, talk about job security. Best state in the country for people doing stupid things with their money.
    July 3, 2007 7:31 p.m.
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    I beg to differ...you would be better off in Atlantic City, NJ or Las Vegas, Nevada. Those people do some REALLY stupid things with their money. Have a wonderful fourth in spite of yourself!!! :-)

  • Refiman2 Jul 3, 2007

    halyard ha ha ha ha ha, whatever, redneck

  • Halyard Jul 3, 2007

    Calm down Refiman2. GOTCHA AGAIN!!

    Like I said, I don't give a rip.

    ps. I have financial planners and lawyers taking care of my $$$$, certainly not a refi man (if that's what you are). Hahaha. {;0)

  • Halyard Jul 3, 2007

    Thanks for you response Refiman2, evidently you got my point or you certainly would not have responded. GOTCHA! HAHAHA

    @ Refiman2: "perhaps you could go to school, in an other state, and learn anything"

    That would be "you SHOULD go to school in ANOTHER state and learn SOMETHING".

    ps "poin" is not a word.

    Have a wonderful evening.

    Remember, I don't give a rip.

  • Pandoras Box Jul 3, 2007

    Okay - late in the conversation - but NC is wonderful. Refi needs a life or to move which ever comes first. If you don't like where you are you have a choice - MOVE! lol NOW, as for the BBQ - I have to say that Lexington is the best!!! (I'll bet this will cause a big uproar - but it's true!) : ) have a happy 4th

  • JerryO Jul 3, 2007

    well refi, I must go. You're boring me senseless. You can go back into your cave and live your poor miserable life while the rest of us enjoy ourselves.

    PS, you might want to try some All Bran or Prunes in the morning. It might help.