N.C. State fans are divided on Sidney Lowe's future, according to an independent survey released on Wednesday.
A recent survey by the Raleigh-based Public Policy Polling showed 29 percent of the people surveyed who identified themselves as N.C. State fans thought Lowe should return for a sixth season, while 27 percent thought he should be replaced. (The other 44 percent of the Wolfpack fans surveyed reserved judgment on Lowe's future.)
Given the survey's margin of error, plus-or-minus 3.8 percent, that's a statistical push.
Lowe's fifth Wolfpack team is 15-14 this season, 5-10 in the ACC after Tuesday's loss at Virginia.
Lowe's first four teams failed to make the NCAA tournament, and this one can only get there by winning the ACC tournament next week in Greensboro. Overall, Lowe has a record of 86-76 at N.C. State, with a 25-54 mark in the ACC.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 650 registered voters in the state by telephone from Feb. 16 to Feb. 21, before N.C. State's home loss to North Carolina last week and Tuesday's disappointment at UVa.
Overall, Lowe was viewed favorably by all fans (30 percent) compared with 17 percent unfavorably (with 53 percent "not sure").
Lowe got a 31 percent approval rating from N.C. State fans, compared with 23 percent unfavorable.
Of the 650 people surveyed, 73 percent identified themselves as college basketball fans of one of the four in-state teams. UNC (34 percent) topped the list, followed by "None of these teams" (27 percent), Duke (17 percent), N.C. State (16 percent) and Wake Forest (6 percent).