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NFL Kicks Off with Miami Dolphins as the Most Popular Team in Florida

September 8, 2016 - 8:45am

With the National Football League (NFL) season kicking off on Thursday night, the Miami Dolphins, who haven’t been to the Super Bowl in more than three decades, remain the most popular pro football team in the Sunshine State. 

Public Policy Polling (PPP) unveiled a poll on Wednesday asking Floridians who their favorite NFL team was. The Dolphins led the pack with 20 percent of those surveyed saying Miami was their favorite NFL team. 

In second place in Florida was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is the favorite NFL team of 15 percent of those surveyed.

The third most popular NFL team in Florida is “America’s team” as 10 percent said they rooted for the Dallas Cowboys. Right behind the Cowboys are their NFC East rival New York Giants who are the favorite team of 9 percent of those surveyed. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also the favorite team of 9 percent of those surveyed making them the least popular of the three NFL teams in the Sunshine State. 

Star QB Tom Brady might be sitting out the first four games of the season after Deflategate but his New England Patriots are the favorite NFL team of 7 percent of those surveyed. Right behind the Pats are the Green Bay Packers, with 6 percent saying they root for the Pack. The Packers start the season in Florida on Sunday when they play the Jaguars. 

A third team from the AFC East also has some fans in Florida though not nearly as much as the Dolphins or the Patriots as 2 percent of those surveyed root for the New York Jets. 

Almost a quarter of those surveyed--23 percent--cheer for other teams or don’t care for the NFL. 

The poll of 744 likely voters was taken between Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percent.

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