The New England Patriots were the first team in the National Football League to punch their ticket to the playoffs, and now one in three football fans expects they will win this year’s Super Bowl.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of NFL fans shows that 34% expect quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots to win their fourth Super Bowl in ten years. Eleven percent (11%) of fans expect the New Orleans Saints to repeat a championship this year, while 10% pick the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Nine percent (9%) say the Atlanta Falcons, who currently tie the Patriots for the best record in the league, to win the Super Bowl while another eight percent (8%) think the Philadelphia Eagles will win their first championship in franchise history.
The New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens round out the list with less than five percent (5%) of fans who expect those teams to win a championship this season.
The survey of 3,300 Professional Football Fans was conducted on December 14-15, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
When it comes to which team fans want to win the Super Bowl in February, the Patriots are still on top but by a much smaller margin. Fifteen percent (15%) would like to see New England win the championship, but both the Steelers and Saints each pick up 12% support.
Patriots fans are far more confident than those of any other team, with 80% who expect the Pats to win the Super Bowl. Bears fans are the least confident, with just 25% who believe their favorite team will win the championship