Poll shows bipartisan backing for 49ers

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A Super Bowl poll from Public Policy Polling shows bipartisan support for the San Francisco 49ers, but a 42 percent plurality doesn’t care who wins the game on Feb. 3.

The poll showed the 49ers favored over the Ravens 33 percent to 25 percent.

A preference for the 49ers was found across party lines. Among Democrats, the vote was 36 percent 49ers, 24 percent Ravens; independents, 29 percent 49ers, 21 percent Ravens; Republicans, 34 percent 49ers, 28 percent Ravens.

The Ravens fared better with young voters, 31 percent to 25 percent for the 49ers, and African-American voters, 30 percent to 24 percent. The Ravens also did better with “somewhat liberal” voters and “very conservative” voters.

The poll of 500 voters was released on Feb. 1 and conducted on Jan. 31, which was as the controversy over 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver's anti-gay remarks was escalating. Asked about welcoming a gay teammate, he said in a radio interview, "We ain't got no gay people on the team. They gotta get up out here if they do. Can't be with that sweet stuff. ... Nah, can't be ... in the locker room, man."

Culliver's remarks have been condemned by anti-violence groups, criticized by other NFL players, repudiated by his team. He also has apologized.

Kickoff for the Super Bowl is 6:30 p.m. EST. The game will air on CBS and stream on CBS Sports.