-There’s not much doubt that Aaron Rodgers continues to be the most popular figure in Wisconsin. 79% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of him to only 6% with a negative one. It’s hard to find anyone that universally well liked in just about any state.
-Badgers fans don’t have much use for football coaches who leave town. Gary Andersen has a 15/28 favorability rating with the school’s fan base and despite being further in the rear view mirror Bret Bielema is worse off at 17/38. The jury is pretty much out on new hire Paul Chryst- 68% of fans say they have no opinion about him one way or the other. He is at least being received positively by those who do have one- 27% see him favorably to only 4% who have an unfavorable opinion. There are a couple figures pretty universally beloved by the Badger fan base though- Bo Ryan has a 76/1 approval rating and Barry Alvarez’s favorability is 71/7. 52% of voters in the state identify themselves as Wisconsin fans to 14% for Wisconsin-Green Bay, 8% for Marquette, and 5% for Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Despite a down season Marquette fans are still pretty happy with new basketball coach Steve Wojciechowski- 54% approve of the job he’s doing to just 4% who disapprove.
-64% of Wisconsinites identify themselves as Brewers fans. Only the Cubs at 8% also get above the 3% mark for fanhood in the state. 66% of Brewers fans think the team will make the playoffs this year, with 24% thinking they’ll make it to the World Series, and 10% thinking they’ll win it all. That’s actually less optimism than we found at the start of last season when 80% of fans thought the team would end up playing in October.
-Speaking of the Brewers we polled on all the contestants in their Sausage Race and found that it’s no contest. 52% of voters in the state prefer Bratwurst to 15% for Italian Sausage, 14% for Hot Dogs, 7% for Polish Sausages, and just 5% for Chorizo. Maybe the most amazing thing is that 93% have an opinion.
-There actually is one thing in Wisconsin (narrowly) more popular than Aaron Rodgers: cheese. 80% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of cheese to only 5% with a negative one. Beer is popular too, with a 65/24 favorability rating. But it can’t match up to cheese- when asked which of the two they like better 66% of voters pick cheese to only 23% for beer.
Democrats and Republicans are in agreement on everything asked about in this poll. Sports and food may be the two areas where voters are a little bit less polarized.
Full results here