RALEIGH — The numbers are telling an interesting story at North Carolina State University.

The Pack Poll is a biennial survey of students- and this time faculty too- taking a look at the issues of the day. The hot topic this fall is the presidential showdown. On this campus, Romney has the slight edge.

“They think college students are a bunch of radicals,” said Michael Cobb, professor and head of the Pack Poll. “On the other hand, this is an engineering kind of oriented campus in the South. So other people think it is quite remarkable Obama is doing as well as he is here.”

In fact, the numbers show the students aren’t so radical.

But there is a big divide between the students and faculty. Students are split 50-50 on whether or not they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing, but the faculty approves of his job performance by a 79 to 20 ratio.

Students reflect what general polling of the presidential race have looked like in the state, with 42 percent for Obama and 44 percent for Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, the faculty overwhelmingly supports an Obama re-election with only 15 percent plan to vote Romney.

These numbers might not sit well with the Obama campaign, where in 2008 young voters helped push the president to victory, voting two for one for Obama over then republican nominee John McCain.

“Obama For America folks have been quite active on campus trying to register people to vote,” said Cobb. “Spreading out the word on the early voting and yet this might not be their best stomping grounds.”

For this survey of about a thousand people, students say the country is heading in the wrong direction and faculty thinks things are on track. This one snap shot showing the different perceptions heading into the big vote just two weeks from now.