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Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: College Football Fans Want to Sit with Mitt

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Discover Fan Loyalty Poll: College Football Fans Want to Sit with Mitt09:00 EDT Thursday, October 11, 2012 RIVERWOODS, Ill. (Business Wire) -- Politics and college football may not go hand-in-hand, but this week's Discover Fan Loyalty Poll showed fans definitely have a preference on which presidential candidate they'd like to sit next to during a game. This week's poll found that a majority of fans want to sit with Mitt. In the sixth week of Discover's national survey designed to gauge college football fan loyalty, fans were asked which one of the presidential candidates they would choose to sit next to at their team's upcoming home game. A majority, 53 percent, said they would want to sit with Governor Romney, while 42 percent said they'd like to sit with President Obama. However, President Obama has some Big 10 bragging rights over Gov. Romney, as 52 percent of its fans were the exception in this week's poll and said they'd like to sit next to President Obama. Only 43 percent of Big 10 fans chose Gov. Romney. A majority of fans of the SEC, PAC-12, Big East, Big 12 and ACC said they'd like to sit next to Gov. Romney. Not only do college football fans want to sit with Mitt, half of them want Gov. Romney to pick up the drink tab too: when asked whom they would choose to buy a round for the crowd at their team's next home game, 50 percent chose Gov. Romney while 39 percent chose President Obama. Even Big 10 fans swung in Romney's favor, with 48 percent wanting Gov. Romney to buy a round and 42 percent saying President Obama. Politics aside, a healthy percentage of college football fans do agree on one thing: Alabama is the best team in the country. The Crimson Tide secured the top spot for the sixth week in a row at 42 percent. But the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame have snuck into the top five in this week's poll, knocking West Virginia down a spot. Following Alabama are: Oregon, 17 percent Florida, 5 percent Notre Dame, 5 percent South Carolina, 4 percent West Virginia, 4 percent Ohio State, 4 percent Kansas State, 2 percent Some other team, 10 percent Not sure, 8 percent When asked which of the above teams' would win the national championship game this year, Alabama came out on top at 44 percent. The 15-week Discover Fan Loyalty Poll is conducted by Rasmussen Reports, a nationally recognized leader in polling, who gathers sentiment by phone from 800 college football fans who follow games at least once per week on television, radio, in person or online. Discover launched the Fan Loyalty Poll to give die-hard fans a platform to showcase their dedication and love for their favorite college football team leading up to the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. Each week the poll will offer new questions about what college football fans are thinking this season. Beyond title sponsorship of the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game and 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, Discover's commitment to college football includes relationships with ESPN and Notre Dame Football on NBC. About Discover Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company operates the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers home loans, private student loans, personal loans, online savings accounts, certificates of deposit and money market accounts through its direct banking business. Its payment businesses consist of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance in more than 185 countries and territories. For more information, visit www.discoverfinancial.com. DiscoverKatie Henry, 224-405-4437kathrynhenry@discover.comorMatthew Towson, 224-405-5649matthewtowson@discover.com