It's the motherlode of presidential primaries vs. the perfect season this week, and neither is a clear winner in the hearts of Americans according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll out today.
About four in 10 adults said they are more excited about the Super Bowl, while nearly the same proportion were more fired up for the Super Tuesday primaries. Among football fans, just a quarter pick the primaries, while just a third of college graduates prefer the game.
And in a nation divided along political party lines, the Super Bowl doesn't quite bring the country together. Democrats, who expressed greater interest than Republicans in the primary campaign for nearly all of 2007 in Post-ABC polling, were more interested in Super Tuesday than the Super Bowl, while Republicans divide about evenly between the two "Super" events. Independents lean toward the big game.
Overall, 61 percent said they plan to tune in to the big game this weekend, and three-quarters of these "likely viewers" will be watching the action on the field.
Most expect the undefeated New England Patriots to win the game, but the Giants (who hail from a city not known for producing underdogs), have the backing of 43 percent of all adults and 56 percent of "big" football fans. But those supporting the Patriots expressed far more confidence: 90 percent expect their team to emerge victorious.
The Washington Post-ABC News poll was conducted by telephone Jan. 26-29 among a random national sample of 1,019 adults. The results from the full survey have an error margin of plus or minus three percentage points; it is larger for subgroups. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by ICR of Media, Pa.