Results from a new Public Policy Polling survey of 879 Washington voters on pressing issues like "Should have run or passed?" on the Seahawks final play of the last Super Bowl—coupled with quasi political questions like favorability checks on Bill Gates and Microsoft alongside literal political questions such as who'd you vote for in the last presidential election or "Would you describe yourself as very liberal, somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?"—have sussed out evidence that superliberals and superconservatives can agree on some things. For example, Richard Sherman is the bomb (Sherman has an 86 percent favorability rating among people who consider themselves "very liberal" and an 84 percent favorability rating among those who consider themselves "very conservative.")
Here are some highlights from the polling:
•71 percent of Obama voters said the Seahawks should have run while only 63 percent of Romney voters thought so. (Overall, 67 percent of those polled thought the Seahawks should have run.)
•Just 49 percent of those polled think the NBA should return to Seattle (57 percent of Obama voters thought so, while only 42 percent of Romney voters did. I have a call in to the pollster to see what percentage of the people PPP surveyed are from the Seattle metro area.)
•Microsoft has a 67 percent favorability rating versus Starbucks's 57 percent favorability rating; Democrats are keener than Republicans of both companies—79 percent of Democrats have a favorable opinion of Microsoft versus 69 percent of Republicans, while 68 percent of Democrats have a favorable rating of Starbucks versus 49 percent of Republicans. (Looking deeper: Fifty-nine percent of "very liberal" voters have a favorable rating of Starbucks while just 35 percent of "very conservative" voters have a favorable opinion of Starbucks.)
•There's also a partisan divide on rain, by the way. With 55 percent of voters saying they have a favorable opinion of rain overall, 62 percent of "very liberal" voters like the rain while just 48 percent of "very conservative" voters like the rain. (Fifty-eight percent of Obama voters liked the rain, while just 46 percent of Romney voters liked the rain.)
Sixty-seven percent of women have a favorable opinion of Starbucks while just 45 percent of men do.
•Another divide: There's a gender split on Microsoft and Starbucks: Seventy-three percent of women versus 60 percent of men have a favorable opinion of Microsoft, and 67 percent of women have a favorable opinion of Starbucks while just 45 percent of men do. (Again, in general, the poll found 67 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Microsoft and 57 percent had a favorable opinion of Starbucks.)
•With a 68 percent approval rating for Bill Gates—85 percent of Democrats like Gates compared to 59 percent of Republicans.
•Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson had a 100 percent approval rating among African Americans, but Marshawn Lynch only had a 47 percent approval rating among African Americans. Typo? (Among whites, Sherman had an 85 percent approval rating, Wilson had a 92 percent approval rating, and Lynch had an 81 percent approval rating.)
•New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady does better among "very liberal voters (22 percent give him a favorable rating) versus "very conservative" voters (just 9 percent give him a favorable rating). The PPP poll was taken between May 14 and 17, a week after the NFL found it "probable" the Patriots knew about the deflated footballs and that Brady was "aware" of it.
•Only 30 percent of voters consider themselves Sounders fans; the Sounders fared best among voters who consider themselves "very liberal," with 39 percent of that set identifying as Sounders fans. (No question about the WNBA Storm, by the way.)
•Eighteen percent of voters believe in Bigfoot; the breakdown among party affiliation: Sixteen percent of Democrats believe in Bigfoot, while 21 percent of Republicans believe in Bigfoot.
Here's some analysis from the pollster:
The Seahawks are easily the most popular pro sports team in the state. Seventy percent of Washingtonians identify themselves as fans of the Seahawks compared to 54 percent for the Mariners, and 30 percent for the Sounders. Mariners fans are largely ambivalent toward the job Lloyd McClendon is doing as manager—49 percent say they have no opinion to 43 percent who approve, and 8 percent disapprove. Also on the professional sports front 49 percent of Washington voters say they would like to see the NBA return to the state compared to 24 percent who are against it.
Washingtonians have mostly positive opinions about each of their state's most iconic businesses. Microsoft has a 67/15 favorability rating, and Starbucks's is 57/24. Both businesses get much higher favorability ratings from Democrats (79 percent for Microsoft and 68 percent for Starbucks) than they do from Republicans (69 percent for Microsoft and 49 percent for Starbucks.) Bill Gates has an overall 68/15 favorability rating in the state and is likewise a lot more popular with Democrats (85/6) than he is with Republicans (59/22). By a 55/22 spread Microsoft beats out Starbucks as the business the state's voters are most proud of.