Last month PPP found that Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was viewed favorably by 89% of voters in Wisconsin, a record high level of popularity in all our polling across the country. It got us to wondering- can anyone top that? So on our national poll last weekend we tested a bunch of figures with near universal appeal in order to find an answer to that question.
2 people managed to beat Rodgers by exceeding the 90% mark for popularity. Abraham Lincoln is seen positively by 91% of Americans compared to only 2% with an unfavorable opinion. And Jesus Christ has a 90% favorability rating with only 3% of voters seeing him in a negative light. With Republicans Jesus is at a 96/0 spread, which suffice it to say is a first in our polling.
As impressive as Jesus and Lincoln's numbers are, the person Americans expressed the highest opinion of in our poll is...themselves. We asked the question 'Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of yourself?' and 93% gave themselves a positive rating to only 1% with a negative one. We are a psychologically healthy nation...or an arrogant one...you can probably argue that whichever way you want.
Two other people beat the 80% favorability mark but fell short of Rodgers' 89%. One was George Washington at 86% rating him favorably to 3% with an unfavorable opinion. Holding him back is only a 64% favorability with African Americans, who may have pause about his status as a slave holder. Also falling short is Mother Theresa at an 83/5 spread.
Here's the rest of the folks we polled:
-74% rate Martin Luther King Jr. favorably to 10% with a negative opinion. He's at 95/3 with African Americans, but only 69/11 with whites.
-67% rate positively Santa Claus to 13% with a negative opinion. Perhaps his gift giving has been kinder to Republicans, 75% of whom give him good marks, than it has been to Democrats, only 61% of whom give a favorable rating.
-Mohandas Gandhi and Nelson Mandela both have 64% favorability ratings with 26-27% of voters not having an opinion about them one way or the other. There's a huge party divide in Mandela's numbers with 78% of Democrats but only 46% of Republicans giving him good marks.
-62% of Americans see Steve Jobs favorably to just 10% with a negative opinion. Out of everyone we polled he's the least polarizing along party lines- 62% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans and independents give him good marks. I guess iPhones are a great unifier.
So sorry Aaron Rodgers, you can't beat Abraham Lincoln and Jesus Christ. But taking down George Washington, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King Jr., Santa Claus, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Steve Jobs isn't too bad for your 4th season as a starting quarterback.
Full results here