When the North Carolina men's basketball team takes on Duke in two weeks, 41 percent of North Carolinians will be cheering for UNC and 31 percent for Duke, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic polling firm based in Raleigh.
The poll, published Tuesday, found Hillary Clinton voters prefer the Tar Heels 47 to 25, while President Donald Trump voters prefer the Blue Devils 38 to 35.
The poll surveyed over 800 registered voters from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21.
With midterm elections this fall, the poll found Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot 46 to 41. Democrats also had the edge when it came to voters who were "very excited" about voting in this year's election — which could be a low turnout event with no Senate or gubernatorial race on the ballot.
“With new maps, a popular governor, and the energy of the voters on their side, Democrats are almost certain to make gains in the legislature this year,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, in a press release. “The question is just how wide ranging the gains will be.”