I’ve periodically posted numbers from robo-pollster Public Policy Polling on Michigan athletics. They released some new figures on Friday that I wanted to share.
First, more Michiganders – 39 percent – said they were Michigan fans, versus 26 percent who said they considered themselves more fans of Sparty. Thirty-five percent expressed no opinion. For context from past PPP polls:
Q: Do you consider yourself to be more of a Michigan or Michigan State fan?
- Michigan 39
- Michigan State 26
- Not sure 35
- Michigan 41
- Michigan State 31
- Not sure 28
- Michigan 37
- Michigan State 31
- Not a fan of either school 32 (*differently worded question/response options)
If the numbers in the most recent poll are accurate, and not an outlier, they would seem to suggest slight erosion in support for Sparty.
The most recent poll also tested numbers on Michigan basketball history, particularly the Fab Five.
Twenty-three percent of Michigan adults said they had a positive opinion of the Fab Five as a whole, versus 12 percent who had an unfavorable opinion. Sixty-four percent were unsure.
But as U-M weighs whether to formally re-associate itself with the Fab Five on May 8, Chris Webber, the player who arguably suffers from the most strained relationship with the university, faces more mixed opinion.
Fourteen percent of Michiganders said they had a favorable impression of Webber, versus 15 percent who had a negative impression of him. Seventy-one percent were unsure.
Lastly, as baseball season approaches, the poll also tested support for the Tigers in the state. Sixty-eight percent of Michigan’s adults consider themselves fans of the Tigers, versus 17 percent who aren’t and 15 percent who are unsure.
The poll was conducted through automated telephone interviews – which are considered by most news organizations to be inferior to live response phone interviews – from March 2-4. PPP says the poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent.