Americans are divided about a lot of things these days, but there's one thing our new national poll finds they can come together on: wanting the Patriots to lose the Super Bowl. We find that among football fans nationwide, 53% are rooting for the Falcons to win on Sunday, compared to only 27% who are pulling for the Patriots. Republicans (58/23), Democrats (54/27), and independents (47/31) all give their support to the Falcons in pretty similar numbers. The Falcons have a very positive overall image as a team- 55% of fans see them favorably to 19% with an unfavorable view. Meanwhile attitudes toward the Patriots are considerably more divided, with 43% seeing them positively and 42% negatively.
To get an idea of the extent to which Tom Brady is a lightning rod, he won our poll on who people's favorite Quarterback in the league is...and he also won- with even more 'support' - our poll on who people's least favorite Quarterback in the league is.
On the favorite QB front Brady gets 22% to 16% for Aaron Rodgers, 11% for Eli Manning, and an impressive 10% for Dak Prescott in his first year in the league. Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson each get 9%, followed by Matt Ryan at 7%, Tim Tebow at 6%, and Cam Newton at 2%. On the least favorite QB front Brady gets 24% to 15% for Newton, 10% each for Roethlisberger and Tebow, 8% for Rodgers, 6% for Manning, 4% for Prescott, and 2% each for Ryan and Wilson.
Both the Falcons QB and Coach have better images than their counterparts for the Patriots. Matt Ryan's overall favorability is 51/10, while Tom Brady's is 46/39. Dan Quinn has a pretty low profile but his +22 net favorability rating (30% positive, 8% negative) is a good deal better than Bill Belichick's, who comes in at +6 (40% positive, 34% negative.)
The Patriots are the most hated team in the NFL, an 'honor' they've taken away from the Cowboys ever since Deflategate. 21% of fans say the Pats are their least favorite team to 19% for the Cowboys, and 12% for the Bears with the Packers at 8%, the Giants and Steelers at 7%, the Broncos and Seahawks at 5%, and the Falcons at 3%.
There is one good piece of information for the Patriots in this poll though, and it's probably the most important piece- 52% of fans think the Patriots will win on Sunday, to only 36% who think the Falcons will take home the Super Bowl.
Favorite team in the NFL honors are bunched up with the Cowboys and Packers both at 14%, and the Patriots and Steelers both at 11%. The Falcons and Giants are at 8%, Seahawks at 7%, Bears at 5%, and Broncos at 4%. The Cowboys- probably the most bandwagon team in America- saw their percentage of fans increase from 10% last year to 14% this year following their strong season on the field. That hasn't changed one thing though- only 30% of fans consider them to be 'America's Team' to 60% who say they aren't.
Other notes from the football poll: