January 26, 2015 - Cowboys No Better Than Jets For New Jersey Fans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie's Big Hug Is No Big Deal To Garden State Adults Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is among the 8 percent of Garden State football fans who list the Dallas Cowboys as their favorite team, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Jets support is 9 percent, virtually no different.

A total of 56 percent of New Jersey adults are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in the National Football League.

The Giants win the hearts of 36 percent of those NFL fans, followed by 17 percent who fly with the Eagles, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Only 13 percent of adults think less of Christie because he is a Cowboys fan while 3 percent view him more favorably and 83 percent of adults say it makes no difference.

The controversy over the governor's trip to Dallas, paid for by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, is politically motivated, 70 percent of adults say, while 11 percent say it is a serious issue.

"New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie was all over the sports pages when Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner, paid for a plane trip - plus a free ticket - to a game in Dallas. But most New Jerseyans don't much care," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll. "Besides, most New Jerseyans are New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles fans. The Cowboys are down in the single digits - with the Jets."

From January 15 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,406 New Jersey adults, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter @QuinnipiacPoll.



38. (All adults) How interested are you in following professional football; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ADULTS................................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very interested      25%    34%    16%    21%    30%    24%
Smwht interested     31     33     29     31     26     34
Not at all           44     32     55     48     42     42
DK/NA                 1      1      -      -      1      -
 
                     AREA.............................
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very interested      19%    26%    23%    24%    30%
Smwht interested     26     30     33     35     30
Not at all           55     43     42     40     40
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -
 
 
39. (If Very or Somewhat interested q38) What is your favorite professional football team?
                     FOOTBALL FANS Q38.....................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
New York GIANTS      36%    38%    33%    35%    33%    39%
New York JETS         9      9      9      5     14      8
Philadelphia EAGLES  17     20     12     19     14     20
Baltimore RAVENS      1      1      -      1      -      1
Chicago BEARS         1      2      -      3      1      1
Cleveland BROWNS      1      1      1      3      -      1
Dallas COWBOYS        8      6     10      8     11      5
Denver BRONCOS        1      1      2      -      1      2
Green Bay PACKERS     4      4      4      4      3      4
Indianapolis COLTS    1      -      1      1      1      -
Miami DOLPHINS        1      1      2      1      1      1
New England PATRIOTS  3      2      3      3      1      4
Oakland RAIDERS       1      1      1      -      -      2
Pittsburgh STEELERS   4      4      4      5      4      3
Seattle SEAHAWKS      1      -      1      1      1      1
Washington REDSKINS   1      1      -      -      1      -
Other team            1      1      -      -      1      1
DK/NA                 9      5     15     11      8      7
 
                     AREA.............................
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
New York GIANTS      44%    46%    40%    11%    34%
New York JETS        10     10     14      1     12
Philadelphia EAGLES   1      5      8     57     18
Baltimore RAVENS      1      1      1      -      -
Chicago BEARS         -      2      -      -      2
Cleveland BROWNS      3      -      -      1      1
Dallas COWBOYS       13      8      6     12      3
Denver BRONCOS        2      1      2      -      1
Green Bay PACKERS     4      2      3      1      9
Indianapolis COLTS    -      1      -      2      -
Miami DOLPHINS        -      1      2      1      2
New England PATRIOTS  2      3      1      2      4
Oakland RAIDERS       -      -      3      -      1
Pittsburgh STEELERS   3      6      2      2      3
Seattle SEAHAWKS      2      -      1      -      1
Washington REDSKINS   -      1      3      -      1
Other team            -      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                14     11     11      7      5
 
 
40. (All adults) Does Chris Christie being a Dallas Cowboys fan make you think more favorably of him, less favorably of him, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     ADULTS................................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
More favorably        3%     3%     3%     3%     4%     2%
Less favorably       13     14     11     13     11     14
No difference        83     81     84     81     85     83
DK/NA                 2      2      2      3      1      1
 
                     AREA.............................
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
More favorably        1%     2%     8%     5%     1%
Less favorably       11     11     13     16     13
No difference        85     85     78     77     84
DK/NA                 3      2      1      1      1
 
 
41. (All adults) Have you heard or read anything about the controversy surrounding Governor Christie's trip to Dallas to watch the Cowboys-Lions playoff game, which was paid for by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones?
                     ADULTS................................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Yes                  72%    73%    72%    52%    78%    81%
No                   25     25     24     45     20     15
DK/NA                 3      2      4      3      1      4
 
                     AREA.............................
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  64%    69%    82%    74%    75%
No                   30     28     15     23     23
DK/NA                 5      3      3      3      2
 
 
42. (All adults) Do you think this controversy is a serious issue or is it politically motivated?
                     ADULTS................................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Serious issue        11%    12%    10%     4%     8%    18%
Politically motivatd 70     70     69     70     72     69
DK/NA                20     18     21     26     21     12
 
                     AREA.............................
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Serious issue        15%     9%    10%    12%    10%
Politically motivatd 59     73     75     64     74
DK/NA                26     18     14     24     16