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Oregon poll shows Packers more popular than nearby Seahawks

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Maybe because their closets are already full of green and yellow Ducks gear, they just don’t want to change their pallete.

Either way, Oregon fans seem to prefer the Packers to the nearby Seahawks.

When Public Policy Polling asked Oregon residents to name their favorite NFL team, they chose the one more than 2,000 miles away (from Portland) than the team less than 200 miles away.

According to Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the 686 Oregon respondents were asked to choose their preference between the Cowboys, Broncos, Packers, Giants, Raiders, Chargers, 49ers, Seahawks or “someone else.”

“Someone else” actually won in a landslide, with 34 percent choosing the field of the other 24 teams not named. Maybe the Jaguars are big in Klamath Falls, who knows?

But it is somewhat surprising that the Packers at 16 percent were next, ahead of the Seahawks (15 percent) and the 49ers (10 percent).

The Packers have the first requirement for being popular (they’re good at football), but the interest from so far away is a bit bizarre, as they have no Ducks or Beavers (Oregon State) on their roster at the moment.

We now return you to July 5.

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52 Responses to “Oregon poll shows Packers more popular than nearby Seahawks”
  1. norcalmafia says: Jul 5, 2012 1:48 PM

    I wasnt saying it just to say it…No one cares about the Seahawks…Everytime Ive been up there to Oregon I see more 49ers stuff ,jerseys bumper stickers then Seahawks stuff…Theyre a joke of a franchise..

  2. norcalmafia says: Jul 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    Seahawks are a joke..Niners rule the west coast..

  3. daysend564 says: Jul 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    I think if you polled Seattle fans, you probably have a high percentage that don’t like the Seahawks too.

  4. coalnation says: Jul 5, 2012 1:49 PM

    I lived in Portland for a year and was amazed at how many Packers fans I would see in the bars. It made me feel at home.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    I can guarantee you that the Minnesota Vikings are more popular than the Packers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Not to mention Canada.

  6. vahawker says: Jul 5, 2012 1:52 PM

    So 6 more people picked the Packers? HUUUUUUUUUGE difference. What were the demographics? How were people chosen? There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

  7. rasalghoul says: Jul 5, 2012 1:55 PM

    I thought the Cowboys were America’s team?

  8. poopy17 says: Jul 5, 2012 1:57 PM

    Not a huge shocker. There are numerous transplants in Oregon (specifically the Portland area). Anytime you go to a bar to watch games there are always little pods of people watching different games wearing their gear. It is a very fragmented fan base here and definitely not a unifying team, unless you go to a specific place that has designated themselves a “insert whatever team here” bar. I have a feeling that large Packer percentage is due to the fair weather right now though.

  9. handsofsweed says: Jul 5, 2012 2:00 PM

    How in the hell do you ask that question, but fail to provide “Steelers” as one of the choices? No wonder 34% answered “other.”

    Note:

    I’m NOT saying something assinine/arrogant like “Durrr, the Steelers are the greatest, blah, blah,” just that if you want an accurate survey, design the damn thing logically.

  10. handsofsweed says: Jul 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    Oh, and adding “Bears” to that list might have been a half-decent idea, too.

  11. blackfootkiller says: Jul 5, 2012 2:05 PM

    Band Wagon Fans…It’s the way it is now days.
    Look at all the so called 9er’s fans…
    Where were they before last year?
    Rooting for some other team that was winning.

  12. prosb4hos says: Jul 5, 2012 2:08 PM

    Everyone loves a winner… if the Seahawks had won a championship 2 years ago, the poll would be much different. Go fine some polls for the popularity of the Patriots in the 90′s compared to the 2000′s lol.

  13. hannahduccab says: Jul 5, 2012 2:10 PM

    The Packers are America’s Team despite what Jerry Jones says.

  14. FinFan68 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:11 PM

    Some folks are just casual observers and the only teams they can name are the ones getting the coverage. Many “fans” (usually younger) are bandwagon fans that change their allegiance based on playoff runs and superbowls. There are some people that would rather be “seen” to root for a winner than to actually pick a team to root for regardless of current popularity or performance and then be ridiculed by others that have no idea what they are talking about.

  15. mervsvikes says: Jul 5, 2012 2:12 PM

    This “study” doesn’t seem like it was terribly scientific.

  16. hawkfan50 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:13 PM

    When asked about their favorite NBA team , Oregon fans chose ” Anyone but the Blazers ” …

  17. sparky151 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:15 PM

    Not surprising. Portland and Seattle are rivals in other sports, why should residents of the Rose City cheer for the Seahawks?

  18. ddjesus says: Jul 5, 2012 2:19 PM

    That’s impressive considering that the Seahawks have a pretty rabid fan base.

  19. ndnut says: Jul 5, 2012 2:24 PM

    By other sports you mean the Cascadia Cup in soccer and a former rivalry in the NBA?

  20. marshawnsgrillz says: Jul 5, 2012 2:25 PM

    People that live in Oregon by choice shouldn’t be asked their opinion on anything.

  21. lbpackfan says: Jul 5, 2012 2:26 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:
    Jul 5, 2012 1:51 PM
    I can guarantee you that the Minnesota Vikings are more popular than the Packers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Not to mention Canada.

    ———————————————–

    LOL!!!!!! I bet the Patriots are pretty popular in Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, too!!!!

  22. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jul 5, 2012 2:27 PM

    What do you expect? When teams get hot, or are the “it” team to like, people flock to support those teams. Its the way a lot of people are now, hell, most of them couldn’t tell you the roster of the team the past 5 years, let alone how well they did. I see it a lot here in Canada, seeing as we don’t have a NFL team. The amount of Packer and Saints jerseys I see now is crazy, they were almost none existent before. One team I used to see all the time was the Cowboys, you don’t see too many of them anymore here.

  23. veence69 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:41 PM

    Bandwagon fans.. I wonder if this was also the case in the 70′s and 8-’s when the Packers were perennially sub .500.

    Hmm.. I wonder..

  24. folkcrusader says: Jul 5, 2012 2:42 PM

    Anyone in the Northwest knows that Oregon is Steeler country. Frankly, whoever did the poll sounds pretty clueless.

  25. binkystevens says: Jul 5, 2012 2:42 PM

    Could also be that the Pack have eaten the Seahawks’ lunch over the last decade. “we want the ball, we’re gonna score” comes to mind. So does Favre’s last win as a Packer wore the loss to the Giants.

    Either way, tough to dislike the Packers as a franchise.

  26. benchwarmer69 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:43 PM

    The Seahawks are basically in the same boat as the Browns, Bengals, and Jags.

    Handicapped because of their owners.

  27. pantherpro says: Jul 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    Hey Blackfootkiller…

    Get a freaking clue! The Niners have never had a blackout at home and have some of the highest radio and TV ratings in NFL! Maybe a few Northwesterners fell in love with them last year but we own the bay and always have. Raiders have blackouts until last year when they gave tickets away in exchange for guns! Dont pop off until you know what you are talking about! Facial!

  28. Little Earthquake says: Jul 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    100% of Minnesotans secretly prefer the Packers as well.

  29. contra74 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:58 PM

    Little Earthquake says:Jul 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    100% of Minnesotans secretly prefer the Packers as well.
    —–
    Not sure why Packer fans have such a HUGE inferiority complex when it comes to Minnesota. No matter what the post is about there always seems to be a reference to MN. You guys are funny.

  30. uberniner says: Jul 5, 2012 3:11 PM

    Portland dominated the voters. Portland is well known as a town full of wackos. Not surprising that the wackos voted for Green Bay. If you really want to know their favorite NFL team, it would be Manchester United. Yep, they are wack jobs in Portland. I know, I used to live there.

  31. lbpackfan says: Jul 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    contra74 says:
    Jul 5, 2012 2:58 PM
    Little Earthquake says:Jul 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    100% of Minnesotans secretly prefer the Packers as well.
    —–
    Not sure why Packer fans have such a HUGE inferiority complex when it comes to Minnesota. No matter what the post is about there always seems to be a reference to MN. You guys are funny.

    ——————————

    No matter what the post is, there always seems to be a reference to the “Packers stock” from you, contra. You sir, are a funny funny, jealous man.

  32. shackdelrio says: Jul 5, 2012 3:14 PM

    “benchwarmer69 says:
    Jul 5, 2012 2:43 PM
    The Seahawks are basically in the same boat as the Browns, Bengals, and Jags.

    Handicapped because of their owners.”

    The owner the Jaguars have had for six months?

  33. wtfchiefs says: Jul 5, 2012 3:18 PM

    The next time you think popularity is important, just remember, The Spice Girls were once the most popular band in the world.

  34. silverandblack052099 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    I used to live in Klamath Falls and I can assure you the Jaguars are not big there. They must have only polled residents in Portland because in the “Klam”, it’s all Raiders, Niners, Broncos or Seahawks. And of course some fair weather fans who suddenly their favorite team is the reigning Super Bowl champion.

  35. P_Willy says: Jul 5, 2012 3:29 PM

    blackfootkiller says:
    Jul 5, 2012 2:05 PM
    Band Wagon Fans…It’s the way it is now days.
    Look at all the so called 9er’s fans…
    Where were they before last year?
    Rooting for some other team that was winning.

    _____________

    most of the 49er fan’s i know, myself included were right behind our team for many many years. Granted we didn’t have much to brag about in the last 10 years so no sense sounding stupid. What were we going to talk smack about? How Tim Rattay is a stud qb? Rashaun Woods is the next jerry rice? Not a lot has been written about them in the 2-14 years – but we were there. There’s a reason our fanbase is alludes to “Faithful”.

    Granted a lot of band wagon fans out there – but every good franchise has those. We can smell em from a mile – but no need to generalize, good sir.

  36. supermariojosh says: Jul 5, 2012 3:35 PM

    contra74 says: Jul 5, 2012 2:58 PM

    Not sure why Packer fans have such a HUGE inferiority complex when it comes to Minnesota. No matter what the post is about there always seems to be a reference to MN. You guys are funny.
    ————————————-
    Actually sweetie it was “thankheavenfornumberseven” who first came in here and started bringing up how popular the Vikings are in major metropolitan areas like North and South Dakota and Iowa. No Packer fan had mentioned the Vikings yet.

    So who has the inferiority complex again?

  37. dstep24 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:39 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jul 5, 2012 1:49 PM
    Seahawks are a joke..Niners rule the west coast..

    ____________________________________

    The last 13 seasons for San Francisco:
    9 losing-record seasons
    5 seasons of 6 wins or LESS
    2 division championships
    3 playoff appearances
    0 Super Bowl appearances

    The last 13 seasons for Seattle:
    6 losing-record seasons
    3 seasons of 6 wins or LESS
    7 playoff appearances
    5 Division Championships
    1 Super Bowl appearance

    Record since 2002, when Seattle joined the NFC West:

    Seattle – 11 wins
    SF – 9 wins

    I think norcalmafia is a genius.

  38. MedCityBob says: Jul 5, 2012 3:41 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jul 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    I can guarantee you that the Minnesota Vikings are more popular than the Packers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Not to mention Canada.
    ——————————————————–

    Your “Guarantee” is a little shallow ! ! !

    Because what You say is not only Un-true…..
    as the Packers are far, far more Popular in the
    Dakoitas & Iowa (& Canada) than the “Purple”….
    The Packers are an extremely strong #2 in Minnesota ! ! I know for a fact ! I live here !!
    Check out the local Fleet Farm store as much Packer stuff for sale as Viking !! HaHa
    I believe that speaks volumes ! ! ! ! !

  39. stavreafavre says: Jul 5, 2012 3:43 PM

    If it’s just the bandwagon effect, wouldn’t the Giants have been the choice? Truth is, the Packers are always the World’s team because they’re the small town guys going up against the big cities and their billionaire owners. Of course it’s more pronounced when the Pack is doing well, but “neutral” fans are always a little more ready to cheer for Green Bay than for any other team. That has been and always will be the case.

  40. sasquatchery says: Jul 5, 2012 3:44 PM

    I don’t think you’re taking into account the rivalry between all things Washington and Oregon.

    Oregonians would spit on a half-naked tawdry hussy if she were on the wrong side of the Columbia, so they’re sure as hell not going to root for the Seahawks.

  41. myvickinabox14 says: Jul 5, 2012 3:51 PM

    I lived in Oregon for 4 years and nobody really likes pro ball there. It’s the Ducks and the Beavers depending on where you are. People who moved there like there hometown team, but locals who were born and raised in Oregon don’t really follow the NFL at all. And if they do, they just like a random team. No rhyme or reason to it

  42. contra74 says: Jul 5, 2012 4:09 PM

    lbpackfan says:Jul 5, 2012 3:13 PM

    contra74 says:
    Jul 5, 2012 2:58 PM
    Little Earthquake says:Jul 5, 2012 2:45 PM

    100% of Minnesotans secretly prefer the Packers as well.
    —–
    Not sure why Packer fans have such a HUGE inferiority complex when it comes to Minnesota. No matter what the post is about there always seems to be a reference to MN. You guys are funny.

    ——————————

    No matter what the post is, there always seems to be a reference to the “Packers stock” from you, contra. You sir, are a funny funny, jealous man.
    —-
    No come on, thats a different story. Its real cute that you sent over your money so that you could get a serialized “stock certificate” so that you can go around and call yourself an owner of an NFL team. You literally paid money to go around and tell fans of other teams that you are better than them because you gave your team money. Its so cute, love it!

  43. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 5, 2012 4:36 PM

    It’s only an Interstate bridge that crosses the Columbia river that separates Oregon and Washington.

    You go into almost any bar on an NFL Sunday in Vancouver, WA (directly across the bridge) and the crowd is cheering for the Seahawks.

    Mark it.

  44. nepaseahawk says: Jul 5, 2012 10:32 PM

    there’s one you can stomp gantt

  45. northbynw27 says: Jul 6, 2012 1:08 AM

    I had no idea that douchey hipsters even watched football.

  46. theworldbestrealitycheck says: Jul 6, 2012 1:26 AM

    and exactly who cares about the state of Oregon?? or what they have to say??

  47. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Jul 6, 2012 2:53 AM

    It’s because of Oregon Savings Time. Their TVs are still showing a young Brett Fahrve hooking up with Sterling Sharpe for TD after TD while Reggie White slams opposing QBs into the ground for season sack records.

    “The dream of the 90′s is alive in Portland….”

  48. greggramenz says: Jul 6, 2012 5:12 AM

    1 year of success is apparently quite the confidence buster for ’9ers fans. First gay marriage and then a devision title?! The sky’s the limit for the ‘fabulous’ 49ers!

    9ers fans your fervor is commendable but despite what the media tells you the Hawks own the west cost. Loudest stadium, every home game sold out regardless of a 4-12 record or a 13-3 season. Enjoy the crash back to reality this season 9ers fans and savor your next 2 months before you resume your more comfortable position on all fours taking it from every team but the rams because they aren’t ‘ramming’ anything anytime soon.

  49. joetoronto says: Jul 6, 2012 5:47 AM

    Nobody cares about the Seahawks, no surprise here.

  50. nepaseahawk says: Jul 6, 2012 7:52 AM

    I’m sure the data is quite accurate. we polled 700 woods people who possibly don’t enjoy sports or have cable tv what football team they like best…deadly accurate….no doubt

  51. nepaseahawk says: Jul 6, 2012 8:12 AM

    the vikings are way too purple for people to like…change the color scheme or something….. who wants a purple jersey or a purple hat??????? who’s idea was purple??no nfl team sould be purple. I live on the east coast and I have met 1viking fan in my entire life.. .perhaps poll Oregonians on what color helmets they prefer since we put so much stock in their opinions and then tell the vikings what a very viable oregonian fanbase. .

  52. cornerblitz says: Jul 6, 2012 11:22 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Jul 5, 2012 1:51 PM

    I can guarantee you that the Minnesota Vikings are more popular than the Packers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Not to mention Canada.
    ——————————————————–

    Your “Guarantee” is a little shallow ! ! !

    Because what You say is not only Un-true…..
    as the Packers are far, far more Popular in the
    Dakoitas & Iowa (& Canada) than the “Purple”….
    The Packers are an extremely strong #2 in Minnesota ! ! I know for a fact ! I live here !!
    Check out the local Fleet Farm store as much Packer stuff for sale as Viking !! HaHa
    I believe that speaks volumes ! ! ! ! !
    —————————————
    I used to live there too. I once had sideline passes to see Brett break the all time TD record (it was pretty much a guarantee it was going to happen at the Metro Dome that day) and so I went to a sport wear store to buy a Favre jersey, finally, after living and dying by every pass he threw for 15 years or whatever it was then. The dude at the store had Woodson and some others, but not Brett. He said he was so sick of constantly stocking them he quit carrying them. That makes no business sense to me, and I told him so, “so you DON’T want to make as much money as possible? You are a unique breed of entrepreneur.” That’s a true story though, and as much as it actually bothers me sometimes how popular the Pack is everywhere, it is a fact that Minnesota is (at best) equally split. Don’t believe me? Check out Herkimers on Lake and Lyndale ANYtime the Packers are playing.

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