Voters agree: Cowboys are not ‘America’s Team’


The voters agree — the Dallas Cowboys are not “America’s Team.” that’s the finding of the third annual NFL poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, a liberal-leaning firm that surveys voters on a variety of issues. And non-issues.

The survey, released on Jan. 2, found that just 23 percent of voters think the Cowboys deserve the label. The survey also found that voters were not divided along political lines — 63 percent of independents, 61 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of Democrats say they don’t consider the Cowboys to be “America’s Team.”

And about 23 percent of voters say the Cowboys are America’s least favorite team. About 13 percent say the Bears are America’s least favorite team, 9 percent say the Patriots, 8 percent say the Broncos, 6 percent say the Steelers and 5 percent say the Giants.

There is no decisive majority for America’s favorite team. The Broncos come out on top with 14 percent, the Cowboys at 12 percent, the Packers at 11 percent, the Bears at 10 percent and the Patriots at 8 percent.

In 2011, when PPP conducted the poll and the Packers were undefeated, 22 percent of U.S. voters said the Green Bay team was America’s favorite.

Peyton Manning is the clear favorite among quarterbacks at 22 percent, followed by Tom Brady and Robert Griffin III at 13 percent, Drew Brees at 9 percent, Aaron Rodgers at 8 percent, Tim Tebow at 7 percent, Russell Wilson at 5 percent and Eli Manning at 4 percent.

About 18 percent of voters say Brady is their least favorite quarterback. Twelve percent say that about Tebow.

The poll also found that about 18 percent of voters think the Redskins should change their name, 71 percent think they should keep the name. Republicans were far more likely than Democrats to support status quo for the D.C. team.