New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans


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Raleigh, N.C. – PPP’s latest poll of South Carolina voters finds that the South Carolina Gamecocks are the most popular college athletics program in the state.

When matched up in a head-to-head with the Clemson Tigers, USC comes out on top 43/32. The Gamecocks’ support is broad-based, with both Democrats and Republicans claiming fandom at 46/28 and 42/34, respectively. USC dominates with younger voters (62/26) and also wins across racial demographics—white voters (42/31) and AfricanAmerican
voters (47/32) both support the state’s flagship university.

Clemson wins with only two of the demographics measured—very liberal voters back the Tigers 36/30, and voters in the Upstate support them 45/27.

“As South Carolina and Clemson take the field for college baseball’s biggest rivalry series this weekend most fans in the state will be pulling for the Gamecocks,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling.

USC and Clemson fans wholeheartedly endorse the coaches of their respective schools’ revenue-generating teams. Gamecocks football coach Steve Spurrier is wildly popular among USC fans with a 76% approval rating. Just four percent of South Carolina fans disapprove of Spurrier’s job performance. Baseball coach Chad Holbrook is also heavily supported at 53/2 approval, and basketball coach Frank Martin receives a 39/13 approval rating.

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is the most popular out of all of the coaches polled, earning a +75 net approval rating. Basketball coach Brad Brownell is well-liked at 44/4 approval, and baseball coach Jack Leggett comes in at 42/9.

Unsurprisingly, the Carolina Panthers are the most popular NFL team among South Carolinians at 25% support. The Dallas Cowboys come in second at 12%. The Atlanta Braves are by far the most preferred MLB team, drawing a 48% share of voters.

PPP surveyed 868 registered South Carolina voters from February 12th to 15th. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 3.3%. 80% of interviews for the poll were conducted over the phone with 20% interviewed over the internet to reach respondents who don’t have landline telephones.

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FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
TigerNet News
Obtuse, at best....***
SOLOS®
many of those "fans" are bandwagoners..
tgrfan42069
Re: many of those "fans" are bandwagoners..
Dugatiger®
Let me file this under... who cares***
ChemETiger97
Re: Let me file this under... who cares***
Dugatiger®
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
Copenhagen kid
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
tigered1®
Didn't take a pollster to tell you this
grover173
Re: Didn't take a pollster to tell you this
Copenhagen kid
It's all about who has been winning recently.
TigersAndCubs
Re: Didn't take a pollster to tell you this
Dugatiger®
Kids Being Swayed
rdwebbii
Re: Didn't take a pollster to tell you this
allorangeallthetime52®
I'd be interested to see how the prison population votes.
argonaut1992®
Re: I'd be interested to see how the prison population votes.
Dugatiger®
Re: If it were national poll, think it would be ALLn Clemson
CUalum79ALLn65®
Re: If it were national poll, think it would be ALLn Clemson
Dugatiger®
These numbers will change.
Orange and Purple
Would you rather Clemson lose all it's liberal supporters?
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: Would you rather Clemson lose all it's liberal supporters?
Litefoot®
Re: Would you rather Clemson lose all it's liberal supporters?
Tigerdug23®
Could it be that some staunchly conservative Clemson ....
Tropical
One of the more backwards thinking posts.***
Completely Solid Orange®
Re: These numbers will change.
Litefoot®
Why "Extreme Liberals" Like Clemson
rdwebbii
Why should that matter?
SageMoody®
Screw the state of South Carolina. Clemson has
Completely Solid Orange®
Good, I don't want the trash in the state wearing Clemson***
Battery505®
Most polls take a 1,000 voters and try to say that is......
TigerAidan
doesn't matter to me....I'm Clemson all the way. It is who
MyfavOrange®
apparently, women's basketball fans are taking over
tigrjm76®
most of those gamecock fans have never been to a game before***
tigerking79®
One of two things is true and I'm actually not sure which
TigersAndCubs
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
1988NC
Polling Requirements....
Tigerdug23®
Liberals favor Clemson? Now That's confusing. Not
tigertrain
UNRELIABLE poll since SC has 2x the fans as Clemson due to
lightbulbbill®
Re: UNRELIABLE poll since SC has 2x the fans as Clemson due to
Tigerdug23®
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
92TigerJohn
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
Tiger Contractor
Is a population of 868 statistically significant?
TigerHawk76®
Survey only included 868 people***
TigerzzRoar®
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
Kjb®
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
Tigerdug23®
lol, Clemson has a national top 10 fan base
Cdixon11
Makes me wonder if groups like FFRF see this as positive
NortherTiger
Landline.
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: FB Update: New poll says Swinney most popular coach in SC, but more Gamecocks fans
Exiled2
We are near last in national education and it shows.
cutigersJD®

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