April 9, 2012 - Tebow Doesn't Have A Prayer As Jets Starter, New Yorkers Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; But Fans Like Him And Approve Of The Deal

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New York State residents approve 42 - 15 percent of the Jets decision to acquire quarterback Tim Tebow and have a 44 - 11 percent favorable opinion of Tebow, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Among the 55 percent of New Yorkers who are "very interested" or "somewhat interested' in professional football, the numbers are even better: 56 - 21 percent approval of the Jets/Tebow deal and 60 - 12 percent favorable opinion of Tebow, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But Mark Sanchez is still top choice for starting quarterback of the Jets, all adults say 43 - 16 percent, and football fans say 61 - 19 percent.

"Is Tim Tebow the answer to the Jets' prayers? A lot of New Yorkers think so," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "This may not seem like the ideal place for a born-again Christian, but most New Yorkers have a favorable opinion of the new back-up quarterback."

"Mark Sanchez is still number one."

From March 28 - April 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,828 New York State adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia 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.

19. How interested are you in following the NFL; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Very interested      24%    37%    12%    26%    22%    24%
Somewhat interested  31     31     30     32     27     34
Not interested       45     32     57     41     49     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      -
 
                     FtBall Jets   COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    
                     FanQ19 FanQ21 Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    
 
Very interested      44%    34%    23%    25%    28%    26%    20%    
Somewhat interested  56     49     33     30     27     33     31     
Not interested        -     17     44     45     45     41     47     
DK/NA                 -      -      -      1      -      -      2     
 
 
20. Is your opinion of Tim Tebow favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Favorable            44%    51%    37%    46%    38%    53%
Unfavorable          11     15      7     11     11     10
Hvn't hrd enough     38     28     47     36     43     30
REFUSED               7      7      8      7      9      7
 
                     FtBall Jets   COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    
                     FanQ19 FanQ21 Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    
 
Favorable            60%    66%    49%    42%    41%    47%    43%    
Unfavorable          12     11     14      9     15     11      9     
Hvn't hrd enough     23     20     26     43     41     35     38     
REFUSED               5      3     11      6      3      7     10     
 
 
21. Are you a Jets fan or not?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Yes                  22%    24%    21%    13%    24%    36%
No                   72     74     70     84     67     59
DK/NA                 6      2      8      3      9      5
 
                     FtBall Jets   COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    
                     FanQ19 FanQ21 Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    
 
Yes                  34%   100%    26%    21%    18%    23%    24%    
No                   64      -     68     74     76     72     70     
DK/NA                 2      -      6      5      6      5      5     
 
 
22. Do you approve or disapprove of the Jets acquiring Tim Tebow?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Approve              42%    47%    39%    43%    40%    46%
Disapprove           15     19     11     12     17     16
DK/NA                43     35     50     45     43     37
 
                     FtBall Jets   COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    
                     FanQ19 FanQ21 Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    
 
Approve              56%    62%    41%    43%    44%    45%    40%    
Disapprove           21     23     17     14     20     14     13     
DK/NA                23     15     42     43     36     41     47     
 
 
23. Who do you think should be the Jets starting quarterback, Tim Tebow or Mark Sanchez?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    UpStat NYC    Sub
 
Tebow                16%    17%    15%    19%    15%    12%
Sanchez              43     52     35     40     43     49
DK/NA                41     31     51     41     42     39
 
                     FtBall Jets   COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS.......    
                     FanQ19 FanQ21 Yes    No     18-34  35-54  55+    
 
Tebow                19%    17%     9%    20%    20%    17%    12%    
Sanchez              61     66     52     38     43     49     38     
DK/NA                19     17     39     42     37     34     49