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Poll: Vikings Fans Don't Want Favre

May 26, 2009 – 12:25 PM
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Bruce Ciskie

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The Minnesota Vikings haven't even tried to hide their lust for Brett Favre. That's how obvious this has all become.

As training camp draws closer, you can expect to see more and more about this burgeoning story. The Vikings want Favre. Favre wants to stick it to the Packers play again. It was only a matter of time before someone stepped up and asked the good people of Minnesota what they wanted.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey of 500 Minnesotans, and the folks they talked to were lukewarm at best about Favre.
Just 29% of Minnesota voters think the Minnesota Vikings should sign retired quarterback Brett Favre to helm their NFL team. Forty-two percent (42%) say it's a bad idea, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.

Thirty percent (30%) aren't sure if the team should sign Favre or not.
Polls are obviously prone to error. We don't know if this group of Minnesotans were Viking fans (there are plenty of Packer fans living in Minnesota, especially in the Twin Cities and around the Wisconsin border), or if any of them were regular attendees of Vikings games.

Brett Favre Photos

    File - New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre watches from the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game in this Dec. 21, 2008 file photo taken in Seattle. Earlier this week, Minnesota Vikings President Mark Wilf acknowledged the team's interest in Favre. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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    FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2008, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre signals a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots in an NFL football game in Foxborough, Mass. Vikings coach Brad Childress was scheduled to dine with Favre in his home state Wednesday evening and further discuss on Thursday the possibility of the 39-year-old joining the Vikings. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2008, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre (4) drops back for a pass in the third quarter of the Jets 31-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills in their NFL football game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Vikings coach Brad Childress was scheduled to dine with Favre in his home state Wednesday evening and further discuss on Thursday the possibility of the 39-year-old joining the Vikings. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2006, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) pushes off Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber as Favre is sacked during an NFL football game in Green Bay, Wis. Citing an anonymous source "with direct knowledge of the discussions between the two parties," ESPN reported Tuesday, May 5, 2009, that Favre is scheduled to meet with Vikings coach Brad Childress later this week about a possible comeback with Minnesota. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2008, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre is sacked by Seattle Seahawks cornerback Josh Wilson (26) as Jets' Brandon Moore looks on from rear during an NFL football game in Seattle. Favre was released from the reserve-retired list by the Jets on Tuesday night, April 28, 2009, making the quarterback a free agent if he decides to again come out of retirement. (AP Photo/John Froschauer, File)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 14: Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Buffalo Bills during their game on December 14, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. According to reports February 11, 2009, Brett Favre has informed the New York Jets he will retire. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Linebacker Channing Crowder #52 of the Miami Dolphins pressures quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 24-17. (Photo by David Drapkin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Favre;Channing Crowder

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets tries to stop defensive end Phillip Merling #97 of the Miami Dolphins from scoring a touchdown on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Merling just intercepted a Favre pass. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 24-17. (Photo by David Drapkin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Phillip Merling;Brett Favre

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the New York Jets throws the football against the Miami Dolphins on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 24-17. (Photo by David Drapkin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Favre

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets calls a huddle against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Favre

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It seems that the Favre drama is likely to last at least through a portion of June. After all the stories about his legendary flip-flopping, it's hard to believe Favre can do anything -- outside of perhaps cutting off his right arm -- to make people believe him, even if he tries to unequivocally state that he is retired.

It's interesting to think that any sizable portion of Vikings fans wouldn't want him around. This certainly shouldn't be taken as an endorsement of Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels. Instead, it's probably more of a nod to concerns about Favre's age, arm, and motivations.
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