PPP's annual poll about the NFL finds that voters across party lines can agree on one thing- the Cowboys are not 'America's Team.' Just 23% think they deserve that label, to 60% who disagree. And this is one sentiment that doesn't divide along political lines- 63% of independents, 61% of Republicans, and 57% of Democrats say they don't consider the Cowboys to be America's team.
In fact the designation the Cowboys do win out for is America's least favorite team. 23% say the Cowboys are their least favorite team with no one else coming particularly close- the Bears get 13%, Patriots 9%, Broncos 8%, Steelers 6%, and Giants 5%.
When it comes to Americans' favorite team this year it appears there's quite a bit of bandwagonism. The Broncos come out on top with 14% to 12% for the Cowboys, 11% Packers, 10% Bears, 8% Patriots and Steelers, 5% Giants, and 4% Saints and 49ers. When we did this same poll in 2011 the Packers were undefeated and came out way ahead of the pack with 22% naming them as their favorite team so we've found some inclination in the past for respondents to go with the hot hand.
One thing driving the Broncos' move to the top is the popularity of Peyton Manning. He's taken a clear lead as the most popular Quarterback in the NFL with 22% to 13% each for Tom Brady and Robert Griffin III, 9% Drew Brees, 8% Aaron Rodgers, 7% Tim Tebow, 5% Russell Wilson, 4% Eli Manning, and 3% Cam Newton. 62% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Manning to only 9% with a negative one, numbers any politician would die for. Brother Eli at 53/13, Tebow at 52/20, and Brees at 50/10 also hit the 50% favorability number that pretty much no one involved in politics can attain these days.
And one final issue we looked at on the poll- only 18% of voters think the Washington Redskins should change their name to 71% who think they should keep it as it is. Republicans are particularly emphatic in their feelings on the matter, with 90% opposed to a name change and only 4% in support.
Full results here