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Poll: Carolina Panthers, UNC top list of fan favorites

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- When it comes to sports, North Carolinians play favorites.

According to a new survey, sports fans rank UNC and the Carolina Panthers as the top sports organizations in the state. And about a third of the state follows NASCAR.

Public Policy Polling took a survey of 467 adults in North Carolina between June 28th and July second.

It found that 49 percent of respondents chose the Panthers as their favorite professional team. Another 14 percent chose the Carolina Hurricanes, and 10 percent chose the Charlotte Bobcats.

In college sports, 33 percent chose UNC as their top school, while North Carolina State earned the top ranking from 17 percent.

Another 12 percent chose Duke -- 7 percent chose Wake Forest -- and 6 percent chose Eastern Carolina.

About a quarter of those surveyed had no preference.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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