Raleigh, N.C. – Not even 4-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning can cure Colorado of Tebow-mania. Coloradans have a more favorable view of Tim Tebow, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who was traded to the New York Jets this offseason, than newly acquired Broncos quarterback Manning. Tebow, who led the Broncos to the second round of the playoffs last year, has a 68% favorability rating to Manning’s 57%.
But Colorado voters’ adoration for Tebow doesn’t cloud their judgment when it comes to whom they’d rather have under center. Coloradans would rather have former Super Bowl MVP Manning at the helm than Tebow 53-21.
Colorado voters’ lack of confidence in Tebow’s on-field performance suggests their reverence for the devoutly Christian quarterback is mostly due to his personal character and beliefs. And no group of voters reveres Tebow more than the very conservative. 85% of very conservative voters have a favorable opinion of Tebow to just 38% of very liberal voters. Only 3% of very conservative voters have unfavorable opinion of Tebow to 42% of very liberal voters. (PPP numbers)