Aaron Rodgers is the the second-most-popular thing in Wisconsin, according to a new poll. He landed just behind cheese — yes, cheese. Per ESPN:

Public Policy Polling surveyed 1,071 Wisconsin residents earlier this month and found that 79 percent said they had a favorable opinion of the Green Bay Packers quarterback, 15 percent said they weren’t sure, and only 6 percent said they didn’t like Rodgers.
Among the myriad topics surveyed, only cheese came out better, with an 80 percent favorable vote.

Arguably, losing to cheese by just 1 percent is a boon for Rodgers. After all, Wisconsin produces 2.84 million pounds of cheese per year, according to the annual “Dairy Diary” that tracks cheese production. That figure makes it the fourth-largest cheese producer in the world after the rest of the United States (excluding Wisconsin), Germany and France.

Rodgers, meanwhile, produced 4,381 yards last season, which puts him in seventh place among the NFL’s top starting quarterbacks. Like Wisconsin cheese, however, those yards are quality. He passed for 38 touchdowns, which puts him behind just Andrew Luck, who passed for 40 touchdowns, and Peyton Manning, who passed for 39. Not bad at all.

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As for other Wisconsin sports figures, University of Wisconsin Coach Bo Ryan was the next most popular in the poll, impressing 76 percent of respondents, while the Badgers’ athletic director Barry Alvarez earned an approval rating of 71 percent.

Former Badgers football coaches unsurprisingly fared the worst as far as Wisconsin sports figure are concerned. According to the poll’s summary posted on Public Policy Polling, “Badgers fans don’t have much use for football coaches who leave town.”

Gary Andersen, who departed Wisconsin for Oregon State late last year, was liked by just 15 percent of respondents, while Bret Bielema, who began coaching Arkansas in 2013, was liked by just 17 percent.

Both were easily beat by bratwurst. Fifty-two percent of voters said they like the tubed meat product, according to the poll.

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