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: