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Super Bowl Poll Finds 49ers Are Favorites

02/01/2013 05:19 pm ET | Updated Feb 01, 2013

The San Francisco 49ers will go into Super Bowl XLVII with more Americans behind them than will root for the Baltimore Ravens, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.

Twenty-six percent of respondents to the new survey said they'll be rooting for the 49ers, 19 percent for the Ravens, and 51 percent said they don't care who wins. Among respondents to the survey who said they're most likely to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, 42 percent of want the 49ers to win, while 30 percent want the Ravens to win. Another 25 percent said they don't care who wins. The 49ers were also the favorites in a PPP survey released Friday.

According to the HuffPost/YouGov poll, Super Bowl watchers also agreed with Super Bowl oddsmakers in predicting a 49ers win over a Ravens win, by a 49 percent to 33 percent margin. Respondents overall were less certain -- 36 percent predicted a 49ers win, 22 percent predicted a Ravens win, and 42 percent said they weren't sure who would win.

Asked what they were most likely to be watching on Sunday night, 50 percent of respondents said the Super Bowl, 7 percent said they'd watch Downton Abbey and 4 percent said they would watch the Puppy Bowl. Thirty-four percent said they weren't likely to watch any of those.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Jan. 30-31 among 1,000 U.S. adults. The poll used a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls. You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov's nationally representative opinion polling.

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