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