North Carolina State basketball fans are closely divided on whether they want Sidney Lowe to return for another season as coach next year. But in a finding that perhaps encapsulates the plight of the program during Lowe's tenure as coach UNC and Duke fans are a lot less divided on what they think his fate should be- they hope the Wolfpack keep him around as coach.
On the whole State fans like Sidney Lowe- 31% of them express a favorable opinion of him to 23% with an unfavorable one. They're less convinced that he should keep his job. 29% think Lowe should stay for another year but 27% think he should be fired and the 45% reserving judgment can't exactly be seen as a vote of confidence.
Fans of the Tar Heels and Blue Devils, whose programs have beaten up on State through the Lowe years, are a lot more supportive of the team bringing him back. Duke fans by a 33/19 margin and Carolina fans by a 30/20 spread both hope that he keeps his job. You could make an argument that when your rivals' fan bases want you to keep your coach more than your own fans do that it's a pretty clear sign of the need for a change.
Note: this poll was taken the weekend before State's recent stretch in which it lost to North Carolina, defeated Georgia Tech, and lost to Virginia. Whether that would further plunge Lowe's numbers with State fans or not is unclear.
We also polled on Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik. Because of the school's small fan base these numbers should be taken with a lot of caution but those describing themselves as Demon Deacon fans are largely taking a wait and see approach with their first year coach. 76% haven't yet formed an opinion of him, although those who have break down negatively with 19% rating him unfavorably and only 5% positively.
On the question of bringing him back for another year that same 19% thinks he should be replaced while 8% think he should stay and 73% are unsure. It's almost a worse sign for Wake that its fans are so ambivalent than it would be if they all wanted Bzdelik to go- it suggests that a lot of fans have just stopped caring.
Overall 34% of North Carolinians say they're UNC fans to 17% for Duke, 16% for NC State, 6% for Wake Forest, and 27% who don't claim allegiance to any of the state's ACC schools. Matching some common stereotypes Democrats are overwhelmingly UNC fans, while Republicans are more closely divided. 40% of Democrats side with the Tar Heels to 15% for the Blue Devils and 14% for the Wolfpack. GOP voters go for Carolina too but only at a 29% rate to 21% for Duke and 18% for NC State.
Full results here