Researchers found that of those residents who know about it, 55 percent opposed the Navy's proposal, 29 percent supported it and 15 percent said they didn't know. Poll interviewers didn't ask specifically about the Navy's preferred site in Washington and Beaufort counties. Poll director Hunter Bacot says that shows that the Navy might encounter another fight if they choose one of the other locations in eastern North Carolina. Navy officials say the site best serves the needs of pilots at military bases in Virginia and North Carolina to practice at-sea landings before aircraft carriers are deployed. Governor Easley, Senators Elizabeth Dole and Richard Burr, and several other political leaders have joined environmental groups and local residents in opposing the site.
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