Love 'em or hate 'em, the Dallas Cowboys remain the most polarizing team for NFL fans.
In a new survey released by Public Policy Polling, the Cowboys were easily chosen as America's least-favorite NFL team. Dallas also finished second in voting for America's favorite NFL team, trailing only the Denver Broncos.
In voting for least-favorite team, the Cowboys received a whopping 23%, outdistancing the Chicago Bears (13%), the New England Patriots (9%), the Broncos (8%), the Pittsburgh Steelers (6%) and the New York Giants (5%).
Denver led the voting for favorite team with 14%, and Dallas followed at 12%. Next up were the Green Bay Packers (11%), Chicago (10%), New England (8%), Pittsburgh (8%), the Giants (5%), the New Orleans Saints (4%) and the San Francisco 49ers (4%).
Public Policy Polling concluded that the voting for favorite team is tied to current form. The Broncos enter the postseason with the top seed in the AFC, while the last time the poll was conducted, two years ago, the Packers came out on top at a time when they were undefeated.
In polling regarding the public's favorite quarterback, the Broncos' Peyton Manning (22%) was the runaway winner. The Patriots' Tom Brady and the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III (13% apiece) tied for second. They were followed by the Saints' Drew Brees (9%), the Packers' Aaron Rodgers (8%), free agent Tim Tebow (7%), the Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (5%), the Giants' Eli Manning (4%) and the Carolina Panthers' Russell Wilson (3%).
Peyton Manning also posted the best popularity ratio, with 62% saying they have a favorable opinion of him to 9% with a negative opinion. The other quarterbacks with the best such ratios were Eli Manning (53/13), Tebow (52/20) and Brees (50/10).
When asked their least-favorite quarterback, fans put Brady on top at 18%. Next in that negative category were Tebow (12%), Griffin (11%), Eli Manning (7%), Peyton Manning and Brees (5% each), Newton (4%) and Rodgers and Wilson (3% each).
In a more politically charged question, Public Policy Polling asked people if the Washington Redskins should change their name. Seventy-one percent answered no, and 18% said yes.