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Poll names the 10 most admired North Carolinians

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ELON, N.C. — An Elon University poll has revealed the 10 most admired North Carolinians.

From April 25-28, the Poll asked a group of North Carolina residents: “Think of a person, living or dead, who is from or associated with North Carolina. Of those people, who do you admire most?”
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Results indicate Billy Graham is the most admired North Carolinian, with Micahel Jordan, Andy Griffith, the Wright Brothers and Jesse Helms completed the top 5.

A February 2013 Elon Poll found that Graham is second among most-admired men (from any part of the world) among North Carolinians.

25 percent of those surveyed named a friend or family member as their most admired person.

Top 10 list:

1. Billy Graham – 7.5%
2. Michael Jordan – 4.0%
3. Andy Griffith – 3.1%
4. Wright Brothers – 2.8%
5. Jesse Helms – 2.6%
6. Jim Hunt – 2.0%
7. Dale Earnhardt – 1.4%
8. Maya Angelou – 1.2%
9. Terry Sanford – 1.1%
10. Sam Ervin – 1.1%

The poll was based on a sample of 720 North Carolinians with a 3.65 margin of error.