The last part of our October Wisconsin poll focuses on sports issues in the state:
-Aaron Rodgers is the most popular person PPP has ever polled on, anywhere, sports, politics, you name it. An amazing 89% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him, to only 4% with an unfavorable one. Wisconsin voters are already ready to declare him the best Quarterback in Packers history- 36% grant him that distinction to 29% for Brett Favre, 23% for Bart Starr, and 2% for Arnie Herber.
Part of Rodgers winning that honor has to do with his own appeal, but it's also because folks in Wisconsin have soured on Favre- only 41% have a favorable opinion of him to 45% with a negative one. Those numbers will surely recover with time but for now Favre's popularity in the state is not what it once was.
Rodgers' numbers beg the question- who, anywhere, could do better than an 89/4 favorability rating? We'll take suggestions for our national poll next week on who could beat 89/4.
-2011 may have been the Milwaukee Brewers' best season in decades but that still doesn't put them anywhere close to matching the Packers' popularity in the state 70% of voters say the Packers are their favorite of the state's pro teams to 13% for the Brewers and 3% for the Bucks. The Wisconsin Badgers can't hold a candle to the Packers either- 61% say they care more about the state's NFL team to only 18% who go with their major college football team.
-Wisconsin voters may be caught in the present on the issue of their favorite Packers QB of all time, but they look to the past for their favorite coach. 56% pick Vince Lombardi to 13% for Mike McCarthy, 9% for Mike Holmgren, and 7% for Curley Lambeau. McCarthy might not win that contest, but he's still extremely popular with voters in the state. 77% rate him favorably to only 7% with a negative opinion. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema has great numbers too with voters that have an opinion about him- 48/8- but the 44% with no take speaks to the considerably lower profile of Badger football in the state compared to the Packers.
Full results here