North Carolinians prefer Eastern North Carolina barbecue over western style barbecue, although a large number are agnostic on the issue, according to a new poll.
Overall, 42 percent of North Carolinians say they prefer eastern style barbecue to 26 percent who go for western style barbecue, according to a new survey by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning firm based in Raleigh. Another 32 percent said they were not sure.
The poll did not find a big difference between Democrats and Republicans on the issue.
Democrats preferred eastern style to western style by a 46-22 percent margin, while Republicans preferred eastern style to western style by a 40-30 percent margin. That is hardly surprising since the western part of the state has traditionally been more strongly Republican.
The survey also found that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's comments back in 1992 that he had tasted road kill that tasted better than eastern North Carolina barbecue were not helpful.
The poll found that 75 percent of Tar Heel voters disagreed with that statement and 40 percent of voters were less likely to vote for him because of that statement.
The survey of 760 North Carolina voters was conduced Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 and had a margin of error of 3.6 percent.