Two of the more compelling stories in the National Football League this year are the resurrection of Michael Vick’s career and the impending end of Brett Favre’s.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey of 3,300 professional football fans shows that 47% view Vick favorably, while 55% see Favre in a favorable light. Meanwhile, 43% have an unfavorable opinion of Vick and 39% view Favre unfavorably. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
After spending nearly two years in federal prison for sponsoring a dog fighting operation, Vick is now having an MVP-type season for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Men seem much more willing than women to forgive this blemish on his record. Fifty-three (53%) of men have a favorable opinion of Vick while only 38% of women feel the same way.
There is also a fairly significant racial divide on Vick. Ninety percent (90%) of black football fans have a favorable opinion of Vick, while just 38% of whites have a favorable impression of him. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of blacks view him Very Favorably, compared to just nine percent (9%) of whites.
Not surprisingly, 75% of those who want the Philadelphia Eagles to win the Super Bowl have a favorable opinion of Vick. This is by far the highest among teams surveyed. The next highest rating came from Atlanta Falcons fans (54%), where Vick played the majority of his career before being sent to prison.
In 2007, just after Vick was indicted 57% of all adults had an unfavorable opinion of him.
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The survey of 3,300 Adults nationwide was conducted on December 14-15, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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