We are not going to completely ignore the biggest the story in the world today; but, at least we can kick off the entry by tying the election to our primary focus here on the blog.
With that said, I thought you would be interested in this little poll put together by the folks at Elon. It is always interesting to me how numbers and statistics often support stereotypes and generalities. (Of course, the stereotypes have to evolve from SOMEWHERE — usually they evolve from more truth than not or the ideas wouldn’t stand the test of time)
It seems the jersey colors of the premier men’s college basketball teams from North Carolina might also reveal their fans’ picks for president.
The latest Elon University Poll asked likely voters to share which North Carolina men’s hoops programs they support during college basketball season. Of the top three schools cited in the poll:
Those who wear the “red” of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack overwhelmingly back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, by a 59-30 margin.
UNC Tar Heel fans and their “Carolina blue” apparel prefer incumbent President Barack Obama this fall by a 53-41 margin.
And Duke University? Blue Devils supporters are nearly divided with a slight edge favoring Obama (47-45 percent).
In the race for North Carolina governor, it turns out there is something that unites diehard fans of all persuasions: Pat McCrory.
The Republican former mayor of Charlotte, N.C., draws support from all three fan bases, most notably from N.C. State fans, where 63 percent of Wolfpack voters said they support McCrory over his Democratic opponent, Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton. Tar Heel fans would vote for McCrory as well by a 52-38 margin. Duke fans are more evenly divided, though McCrory still holds a 47-43 edge.
The live-caller telephone poll of 1,238 likely voters was conducted Oct. 21-26, 2012, and has an overall margin of error of 2.79 percentage points. Both landlines and cell phones were included in the sample.
Just because NC State supporters tend to be more conservative and support Republican candidates does not mean that the professors and administrators in West Raleigh follow step. This tidbit of work done by Technician would seem to indicate that the beliefs of NC State students and faculty diverge a bit.
It is no secret that relative to most college campuses, NC State’s student body and overall campus environment has historically leaned relatively moderate-to-conservative. With this said, I would welcome your thoughts on other large universities around the country that has a similar ‘political profile’ than State. Of course, Texas A&M immediately comes to my mind as a/the bastion of conservatism for colleges. Is there anyone else that even comes close to them?
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