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Even the Super Bowl has gone partisan

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In a time of increasing political polarization, even the Super Bowl is dividing Americans along party lines. A new Public Policy Polling national survey finds that 32% of voters in the country are rooting for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, compared to 22% who prefer the Indianapolis Colts.

Democrats strongly prefer the Saints, by a 36-21 margin. But Republicans are narrowly going for the Colts, 26-25. Independents lean toward the Saints as well, 33-20. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the numbers is that a 46% plurality of voters don’t care who wins on Sunday. For many the Super Bowl is more about the aura of the event than really caring who comes out on top.

There is less division along racial lines with whites, blacks, and Hispanics all pulling for the team from New Orleans. African Americans are strongest in their support, 38-23, with whites and Hispanics putting up almost identical numbers at 31-22 and 31-23 respectively.

“There may not be the same kind of partisan gap on the Super Bowl that there is for Barack Obama’s approval ratings but even when it comes to football there are two Americas,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “You’re much more likely to be rooting for the Saints this weekend if you’re a Democrat.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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