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Patriots Favored to Win Super Bowl XLV

The New England Patriots were the first team in the National Football League to punch their ticket to the playoffs, and now one in three football fans expects they will win this year’s Super Bowl.


A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of NFL fans shows that 34% expect quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots to win their fourth Super Bowl in ten years. Eleven percent (11%) of fans expect the New Orleans Saints to repeat a championship this year, while 10% pick the Pittsburgh Steelers. (To see survey question wording, click here.) LINK


Nine percent (9%) say the Atlanta Falcons, who currently tie the Patriots for the best record in the league, to win the Super Bowl while another eight percent (8%) think the Philadelphia Eagles will win their first championship in franchise history.


The New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens round out the list with less than five percent (5%) of fans who expect those teams to win a championship this season. Another 10% pick some other team not mentioned in the survey. For purposes of the survey, NFL fans are defined as those adults who watch professional football at least once a week.

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The survey of 3,300 Professional Football Fans 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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