PPP's annual look at who Americans want to win the Super Bowl finds a pretty lopsided contest this year. 49% are rooting for the Denver Broncos to just 22% pulling for the Seattle Seahawks, with 29% saying they have no opinion either way.
In a time when Americans are divided about many things, pulling for the Broncos brings people together across lines that usually separate them. Liberals, conservatives, men, women, whites, African Americans, Democrats, Republicans, Latinos, and voters young and old are all cheering for Denver to win on Sunday.
The overwhelming favor for the Broncos is likely a product of Peyton Manning's unique popularity. 64% of Americans have a positive opinion of him to just 8% who see him unfavorably. There are very few people in the country who can maintain that level of esteem. Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is seen pretty favorably as well among those with an opinion of him- 34% positive to only 8% negative. But most people- 58%- just haven't formed a view one way or the other.
Despite his well publicized and much discussed postgame interview last week, 57% of Americans don't have an opinion one way or the other about Richard Sherman either. Views of him are generally negative- 15% favorable, 28% unfavorable- with those who do have a take. In his feud with San Francisco Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree, 20% of voters take Crabtree's side to 11% for Sherman, with 70% not taking a side either way.
And now for the political notes from our national poll:
-There are a couple issues coming down the pike that might play to Democrats' advantage though. 55% of voters support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, compared to only 36% who are opposed. In addition to support from 85% of Democrats, it also meets with favor from 28% of Republicans. Democrats are even more on the right side of public opinion when it comes to extended unemployment benefits. 63% of voters think they should be continued to only 32% who support cutting them off, and that includes 85% of Democrats, 57% of independents, and 44% of Republicans.
-Mitt Romney's been in the news a lot lately but Americans don't like him any more now than they did when they voted against him in November 2012. On our last poll before the election he had a 47/50 favorability rating. Now that's dipped to a 39/48 spread. A big part of that decline has been with Republicans- he was at 85% then but is down to 75% now, suggesting that a lot of GOP voters might have only said they liked him because they felt like they had to.
-Donald Trump's been making his cyclical noise about potentially running for public office lately, and Americans really hate him. Only 22% see him favorably to 61% with a negative opinion. Even Republicans narrowly dislike him (37/41) and with Democrats (10/82) and independents (19/58) his numbers are particularly awful.
Full results here