Harris Interactive Poll Ranks NFL Teams By Popularity - Miami Dolphins at 13

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 2: The Miami Dolphins prepare to enter the game against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on October 2, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San DIego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

Harris Interactive conducted a internet survey of over 1,300 football fans last month, asking them several questions, to include, "What are your two favorite National Football League teams?"  From the answers, Harris then ranked all 32 NFL teams. based on popularity.  The Miami Dolphins came in at the 13th most popular team.  Despite the team's recent struggles, this is their highest ranking since before the 1-15 season in 2007 - and they had the second highest jump from last year to this year (Detroit moved up 11 spots, while Miami climbed 8).

The poll shows the Dallas Cowboys as the top ranking team, a position they have held for the last 5 years, and 8 of the last 12 years.  The Pittsburgh Steelers come in second, with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots, and Chicago Bears rounding out the top 5.

The rest of the AFC East sees the New York Jets come in tied for ninth with the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills tied for 28th with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In the 12 years Harris Interactive has conducted the poll, the Dolphins have ranked as high as sixth (in 1998 and 1999 - the last two years of Dan Marino's career) and as low as tied for 21st (last season - tied with the Tennessee Titans).  The rest of the time, the Dolphins have ranked 14th (2000), 9th (2001), 13th (2002), 13th (2003), 18th (2004 - tied with the Atlanta Falcons), 13th (2006 - tied with the Carolina Panthers), 14th (2007 - again tied with the Panthers), 16 (2008), and 17th (2009 - tied with the Washington Redskins).

The full results are below:

 

1998

1999

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Dallas Cowboys

1

1

4

1*

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

Pittsburgh Steelers

5

5

6

10

15*

3*

1

3

4

2

4

2

Green Bay Packers

2

3

1

1*

1

1

4

4

5

6

3

3

New England Patriots

16

11

8*

19

3

3*

5

6

2

5

6

4

Chicago Bears

7

10

11

8

6*

8

6

5

6

3

9

5

Indianapolis Colts

23

27*

23*

23

11

9

3

2

3

4

2

6

New York Giants

8*

9

7

11*

4

13

9

7

7

8

7

7

Washington Redskins

10

8

10

6

10

14

16

12

9*

17*

15

8

New York Jets

17

13

12

16

6*

11*

22

17

9*

20

16

9*

Minnesota Vikings

14

7

13

7

15*

16*

21

19*

12

10

8

9*

New Orleans Saints

24

19*

25

29

30

29

31

21*

17

24

5

11

Philadelphia Eagles

12

21

16

20

5

5

7

8

8

7

13

12

Miami Dolphins

6

6

14

9

13

18*

13*

14*

16

17*

21*

13

Baltimore Ravens

27

25*

32

25

29

28

30

26*

28

26

19

14

Atlanta Falcons

19*

18

26

27

21*

18*

23*

28

27

13

10

15

San Francisco 49ers

3

2

2

5

8

6

8

9

11

11

12

16

Arizona Cardinals

28

23*

31

32

32

31

29

29

24

16

11

17*

Denver Broncos

4

4

8*

17

9

10

11

16

15

12

14

17*

Detroit Lions

19*

22

21

30

26

18*

17*

25

29

31

30

19

Carolina Panthers

13

30

22

24

18

16*

13*

14*

19

25

23

20

Tennessee Titans

29

31

17

14

23

25*

15

26*

25

9

21*

21

Cleveland Browns

NA

12

15

15

24*

15

19

13

22*

22

26

22

Houston Texans

NA

N/A

30

21*

19

25*

28

31

26

23

17*

23

San Diego Chargers

26

23*

27*

26

31

27

23*

10

18

14*

20

24

Oakland Raiders

8*

19*

3

3

12

7

10

11

13

21

17*

25

St. Louis Rams

30

29

5

11*

20

21*

26

23*

30*

30

24

26

Seattle Seahawks

22

15

18*

21*

14

24

12

19*

14

14*

31

27

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

15

17

18*

4

17

11*

17*

21*

21

19

27*

28*

Buffalo Bills

18

14

23*

18

27

23

27

30

20

27*

29

28*

Kansas City Chiefs

11

16

20

13

21*

21*

20

23*

22*

27*

25

30

Cincinnati Bengals

25

25*

27*

28

24*

30

23*

18

32

29

27*

31

Jacksonville Jaguars

19*

27*

27*

31

28

32

32

32

30*

32

32

32

 

"*" indicates a tie

NA = not applicable for that year.

Note: Respondents provided list of teams

In 1998, 1999 the Tennessee Titans were the Houston Oilers.

Harris interactive explained the methodology behind the survey:

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between September 12 to 19, 2011 among 2,462 adults (aged 18 and over), of whom 1,361 follow professional football. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words "margin of error" as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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