In a new study released this week, Wilmington ranked first in the favorability ranking for state cities according to 953 North Carolinians. Public Policy Polling, a national polling company based in Raleigh, conducted the study in January to gauge the statewide preference on a range of topics.
Wilmington had a 69% favorability rating, holding a clear lead among the North Carolina cities tested with voters. The study is an update of one conducted five years ago, when Wilmington and Raleigh tied for the top spot with 67 percent favorability. Raleigh dropped to 62-percent favorability in the 2017 study, coming in at No. 2. Behind Wilmington and Raleigh were Asheville (61 percent), Winston-Salem (56), Greensboro (56), Chapel Hill (56), Charlotte (55), Cary (43), Greenville (39), Durham (38), Fayetteville (34) and Carrboro (28).