You needed a poll? Bobby Cox is a very popular fellow

Public Policy Polling of North Carolina, which normally sticks to politics, has ventured into Georgia’s sporting world.

And Bobby Cox, now that he’s done with the Atlanta Braves, may want to think about seeking a spot on next year’s ballot.

The numbers are drawn from the same early April survey that examined favorability ratings for Barack Obama and potential Republican presidential candidates.

From PPP’s Tom Jensen:

When Braves fans look back on the work Bobby Cox did during his time with the franchise, 86% express approval to only 5% who disapprove. Those are the best poll numbers we’ve ever found for a sports figure.

To put into perspective how good they are, last summer we did approval polls on 18 baseball managers, and the one who did best with his fan base was Mike Scioscia of the Angels at 65% approval. Bobby exceeds that number by more than 20%.

And Cox’s replacement?

Braves fans are mixed between optimism and reserving judgment when it comes to the hire of Fredi Gonzalez as Cox’s replacement. 45% of fans think Gonzalez was a good hire, 7% think he was a bad hire, and 48% haven’t formed an opinion yet. This poll was taken the first weekend of the season, so it’s possible Gonzalez would have worse numbers now after the team’s poor start.

Jensen says Tech fans aren’t on board with the decision to fire basketball coach Paul Hewitt. But both Georgia and Georgia Tech fans are content with their football coaches. Read the details here. And have a good weekend.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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30 comments Add your comment

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 15th, 2011
6:02 pm

@Cherokee county….good Going
Nearly 1,000 people, strangers, mostly, stood guard outside the funeral services of Spc. Gary L. Nelson III Friday morning at Woodstock’s St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church.

Ok if thats not a bipartisan note to leave on, nothing is..Savor the flavor, it won’t happen often..but Phelps and his crew are SCUM

Time for a little Rays @ the River

Baker

April 15th, 2011
6:03 pm

Gonzalez was a great hire. Different, but not that different. Some Braves pedigree, but experience elsewhere. I’ve got full confidence. As long as Schuerholz is around, the Braves are in decent hands.

Clinton "Skink" Tyree

April 15th, 2011
6:14 pm

Dang, after all this time, finally something I can agree with TrishaDishaWarEagle on.

keith

April 15th, 2011
6:26 pm

Wait until the media spills the beans on some of the candidates Bobby has contributed to over the years and some of his bad investments. His favorables will plummet.

td

April 15th, 2011
6:38 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle

April 15th, 2011
6:02 pm

Thanks for the report. I would have been there with them (liberal and conservative) arm and arm if I would have known early enough.

double

April 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

What is TDWE talking about?TD where is LMS or BOW.# strike or 3 outs?

DannyX

April 15th, 2011
7:45 pm

“86% express approval to only 5% who disapprove.”

Figures, Bobby is a big time liberal, conservatives are horrible leaders.

I can pretty much imagine the results of a conservative baseball manager, loserville. A conservative manager would field a team of geeky white people, afraid of the minorities that now dominate the game.

(Btw, mighty Casey struck out again, Georgia Republicans could use a new manager.)

td

April 15th, 2011
9:25 pm

double

April 15th, 2011
7:27 pm

She is talking about those crazy people that was suppose to show up at a military funeral today in Canton. More than 1000 people showed up to shield them from the family. They did not show. I am sure this is a cause that both conservatives and liberals could get behind.

Centrist

April 15th, 2011
10:02 pm

Gotta love those liberal, alcoholic wife-beaters if they have good managerial records. The adoring media ignored it after punching his wife, pulling her hairs, and spending a night in jail.

double

April 15th, 2011
10:44 pm

yeah centrist.His wife forgave him,guess you have been perfect all your days.

double

April 15th, 2011
10:47 pm

TD I don’t think a funeral is place for protest/Sometimes our rights conflict.

Alabama Communist

April 15th, 2011
11:24 pm

Those are the best poll numbers we’ve ever found for a sports figure.* Tom

No doubt Tom has never poll the American People in 1939 about Babe Ruth…Tom”s last major poll in North Carolina predicted that the North Carolina Democrats would hold on and rule the state in the 2010 election…

td

April 16th, 2011
12:12 am

double

April 15th, 2011
10:47 pm
TD I don’t think a funeral is place for protest/Sometimes our rights conflict

I think we are on the same page with this issue. The 1000 people were there to make sure the nutbag protesters could not get near the family while they were burying their military son.

MD

April 16th, 2011
1:55 am

I sure do miss George W.Bush.

Road Scholar

April 16th, 2011
6:19 am

AS for firing Hewitt, I don’t know who they polled for whether he should have been fired. Also look at the attendance numbers over the past 4 years…a steady drop! Now I agree that fans are in a wait and see concerning Coach Gregory. He’s new, from a different league and recruiting ara and wil take some time to set up his Tech recruiting area/criteria.

Sorry Dogs

April 16th, 2011
7:22 am

I agree with Road Scholar. Every Tech fan I know wanted Hewitt fired. I don’t know any who were going to buy their tickets again if he wasn’t fired.

Ag Nostic

April 16th, 2011
7:56 am

Bobby Cox = old drunk wife-beater. Pehaps he has a role under Pres. Newt Gingrich.

Definitely White Water, (yeah).

April 16th, 2011
8:04 am

With Cox in politics, (and safely away from the Braves), we can start winning again.

Randal Patrick McMurphy

April 16th, 2011
9:13 am

@Ag Nostic – I’m sure you’re just a REAL prince, too huh…

Minus Clous

April 16th, 2011
9:48 am

Fredi Gonzalez is a good hire and manager, he needs time to work out the kinks with this team. Hopefully this will be sooner than later. Cox was great, made me cuss at the TV screen sometimes with not pulling pitchers and leaving in people in the game like Brooks Conrad, but he is one of the best the game has witnessed.

northbeach Scott

April 16th, 2011
10:44 am

Bobby Cox is perhaps the worst in-game basebsll tactician in the last 100 years of baseball–beyond incompetent.

That said, he is a terrific leader and assessor of talent. He did a great job creating a winning clubhouse and finding talent. Watching him handle the Braves pitching staff and boobs like Francoeur was so painful, I finally gave up my season tickets.

I reupped this season with Fredi coming on board. Very happy Bobby is gone from managing the games and also happy he is still with the organization.

mike davis

April 16th, 2011
11:13 am

Who cares about how popular Cox it. He was a terrible manager.

50/50

April 16th, 2011
12:12 pm

I’d say he was a great manager by looking at how many times we won the division. On the other hand, I’d have to say he was a terrible manager by how many World Series he won during that stretch.

Tech Student

April 16th, 2011
1:15 pm

This article completely lost credibility when saying Tech fans aren’t on board with firing Paul Hewitt. Every single Tech student was heart broken last year when we didn’t get rid of him at the end of the season. Aside from his one Final Four run, he will always be remembered for causing the complete apathy of all students for the Georgia Tech Basketball program. I would rather watch UGA play basketball over Tech if Paul Hewitt was still leading us to failure.

polecat

April 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

A moderately smart monkey could’ve won with the players Cox had, and if Bobby had kept himself on the bench, he’d have more World Series wins.

jimmyp

April 16th, 2011
6:44 pm

I can’t get past the wife beater issue. It is pitiful when a racial slur or homophobic slur can ruin you but beating your wife is ok!

Bob Reynolds

April 16th, 2011
7:47 pm

Anyone that has a negative comment about Bobby Cox should be made to watch the 400 games that Chuck Tanner, Ted Turner and Russ Nixon managed before him. In fact, they should be made to watch every game the Colorado Silver Bullets (women) ever played because we were within a nats azz of have Phil Knekro managing the Braves minutes before they hired John Sherholtz (a real baseball man) who hired Bobby Cox (another real baseball men). You Aholes that rip Bobby Cox are spoiled rotten and should not be allowed into Turner Field or the Spring complex at Disney. You deserve freedom of speach but certainly not in a baseball forum wherte you are a babbling fool!

Big Man

April 18th, 2011
4:24 pm

“Jensen says Tech fans aren’t on board with the decision to fire basketball coach Paul Hewitt.”

Tech fans are STUPID.

Big Man

April 18th, 2011
4:26 pm

And I agree with Bob Reynolds. As a kid I watched the Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Claudell Washington, Bruce Benedict and Bruce Sutter led teams. If you don’t know those failures you can’t appreciate real success.