December 29, 2009 - Use Playoff System To Pick College Football Champ, American Fans Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll

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Americans who identify themselves as college football fans say 63 - 26 percent junk the current Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to pick a national champion and replace it with a playoff system like the NCAA basketball tournament, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Fans have a mixed 43 - 45 percent favorable opinion of the current system.

Fans also are divided on whether Congress should get into the game, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds: By a 48 - 45 percent margin, fans say it's a bad idea for Congress to try to force the NCAA to hold football playoffs. While 60 percent of independent voters and 55 percent of Republicans think Congress getting involved is a "bad idea," only 37 percent of Democrats do.

"College football fans are not in love with the current system in which two teams that play for the national championship are picked by computers, sportswriters and coaches," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Settle the question on the field, voters say more than 2-1. But as much as they want a national championship tournament, they aren't wild about Congress getting involved."

The survey was conducted among American adults who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in college football. This fan group includes 55 percent of men and 38 percent of women.

From December 15 - 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,849 adults nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. The survey includes 948 fans with a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

34. (ALL ADULTS) How interested are you in following college football - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Very interested      18%    26%    18%    16%    24%    13%
Smwht interested     28     29     31     31     31     25
Not at all           54     45     50     53     45     62
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Degree Degree
 
Very interested      18%    19%    18%    18%    20%
Smwht interested     23     29     30     27     32
Not at all           59     52     51     56     48
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
 
35. (If somewhat or very interested q34) What is your opinion of the Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, the system that college football uses to determine its national champion - favorable or unfavorable?
                     INTERESTED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL Q34.....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Favorable            43%    39%    43%    39%    39%    49%
Unfavorable          45     48     41     52     55     31
DK/NA                12     12     16      9      6     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Degree Degree
 
Favorable            52%    37%    43%    47%    34%
Unfavorable          40     53     40     41     56
DK/NA                 8     10     17     12     10
 
 
36. (If somewhat or very interested q34) Do you think the Bowl Championship Series should, or should not, be replaced with a playoff system as takes place in college basketball?
                     INTERESTED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL Q34.....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Replaced             63%    63%    65%    65%    72%    50%
Not replaced         26     24     24     25     22     31
DK/NA                12     13     11     11      6     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Degree Degree
 
Replaced             63%    70%    56%    61%    68%
Not replaced         33     21     25     26     24
DK/NA                 5     10     19     13      8
 
 
37. (If somewhat or very interested q34) Congress is considering forcing college football to have a playoff system, like in basketball, to pick a national champion. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
                     INTERESTED IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL Q34.....
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Good idea            45%    38%    54%    35%    42%    47%
Bad idea             48     55     37     60     53     42
DK/NA                 7      7      9      5      4     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    NoColl Coll
                     18-34  35-54  55+    Degree Degree
 
Good idea            60%    41%    35%    49%    32%
Bad idea             36     52     54     43     62
DK/NA                 3      6     11      8      6