BCS or playoff?

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BCS or playoff?

LSU and Alabama will play in the BCS national championship game to determine who is number one in Division One college football. The two teams played once earlier this season, with LSU coming out on top in an overtime game. Some fans are not happy with a re-match game to decide the national champion. What do you think? In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey, 55% of Americans want a playoff system to determine the champion, 9% like the current BCS system, 36% did not have an opinion. Among those with an opinion an overwhelming number of fans, 86% want a playoff while 14% like the BCS system.

Under the current BCS system for Division One football the two teams playing for the national championship are selected by a formula involving computers and polls. All other college championships are determined on the field in a playoff system. Outcry was great this year because many felt Oklahoma State deserved a chance to play LSU for the national championship trophy.

Among Americans with an opinion, men and women had identical numbers on the question with 86% wanting a playoff to 14% liking the current BCS system. African-Americans and whites were close on their views but African-Americans felt more strongly for a playoff by a 90% to 10% margin. Among whites with an opinion, the margin was 86% to 14% in favor of a playoff.

Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,356 registered voters nationwide was conducted December 11, 2011 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.

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Poll Position is committed to transparency and upholding the highest professional standards in its polling, explaining why we provide you with the crosstabs of our scientific polls. Crosstabs provide a breakdown of survey participants by age, race, gender, and political affiliation. Here are the crosstabs for this poll: Poll Position Crosstabs-BCS or playoff

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