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Buccaneers second-most popular NFL team in Florida

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the second-most popular NFL team in the Florida, according to a Public Policy Polling survey. PPP asked a whole bunch of questions of 1,012 registered Florida voters last week, including a few on sports teams.

20% of respondents said the Miami Dolphins were their favorite NFL team, while 15% went with the Bucs. The Packers (9%), Patriots (8%), Jaguars (7%) and Cowboys (4%) came in behind those two. The New York Giants managed 4%, while the New York Jets got 2% of the vote. PPP asked only about those seven teams, and 29% answered "Another team / Not a football fan."

Some other amusing data, most of which is probably not very significant given the small differences and sample size:

  • Women were slightly more likely to be fans of the Bucs than Dolphins, with 17% saying they were fans of the Bucs vs. 16% for the Dolphins.
  • The Dolphins led among all ideologies, but the margins were slimmest for "very liberal" and "somewhat conservative" voters.
  • 14% of Democrats and 17% of Republicans were fans of the Bucs, while the Dolphins got 22% and 18% respectively.
  • The Bucs were far less popular than the Dolphins among Hispanic (13% vs. 32%) and African American (12% vs. 29%)  voters, but had a slight edge among White voters (16% vs. 15%).

If the Bucs start winning more, they may actually turn into the most popular team in the state.  Now that'd be something.

h/t Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times