RALEIGH – During the past year, the new republican congress of North Carolina has proposed many bills that some claim are making North Carolina less progressive and taking steps backwards.  Public Policy Polling conducted a poll based around culture and found North Carolina is not as “deep south” or “redneck” as many people think.

PPP analyst Jim Williams says that some icons of the South are falling in popularity.

“We found that only 32 percent of North Carolinians consider themselves to be NASCAR fans,” ” Williams said.”Only 17 percent like tobacco, and only 14 percent say they like moonshine.”

Other staple icons still remain popular in the state though.  Williams sayas sweet tea had 63 percent of people saying they like it.  Although not as high as some would expect from a southern state, it is still popular.

And, Williams says that North Carolina based donuts, Krispy Kreme, continue to win over Dunkin Donuts in popularity.

“Absolutely, 74 percent said they like Krispy Kreme donuts,” Williams claims. “When we asked folks, what do they like better, Krispy Kreme or Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme wins by 49 points, 67 to eighteen.”

To see the poll, click here.