Most New Yorkers want to see Mark Sanchez as starting quarterback for the New York Jets over newly acquired Tim Tebow – even though the incumbent QB holds a slim four-point advantage over the former polarizing Denver Bronco, a Siena College Research Institute poll released Friday found.
Both Sanchez and Tebow have favorability ratings of 63 percent among New Yorkers and Jets fans, research showed (PDF).
Tebow was traded to the Jets last month, which had many Jets fans wondering why the team would complicate a locker room whose issues were partly to blame for the team’s 8-8 finish last year.
“We may have a quarterback controversy brewing when the Jets open up camp,” said Don Levy, director of the Siena College Research Institute.
The poll also found that 74 percent of all residents and nearly 99 percent of sports fans view Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter favorably. Nearly a third of all New Yorkers also call the Bronx Bombers their favorite team.
Knicks standout Jeremy Lin has a 57 percent favorability rating.
“While Lin-sanity may have subsided, the Knicks’ point guard has taken a big bite out of the Big Apple’s fans in a New York minute,” Levy said.
With the Associated Press