NASHVILLE – Labor Day is widely considered the official kickoff of football season and political campaign season. Earlier this week, Tennesseans for Conservative Action asked Tennesseans their opinions pertaining to football, politics, church, and alcohol. Tennesseans for Conservative Action surveyed 822 Tennesseans on the evenings of August 28 and August 29, 2017 who self-identified as likely to vote in the August 2018 Republican primary. The margin of error is +/- 3.42%.

Tennesseans do not disapprove of the job Butch Jones is doing as coach of UT

  • The “not-so hot” hot seat: Despite being considered on “the hot seat,” 54% of those surveyed approve of the job Butch Jones is doing at UT while only 8% of those surveyed disapprove.
  • Big Government is Bad, Butch is Good: Butch Jones enjoyed his highest level of support of those Tennesseans who want government out of deciding when businesses are open and closed, including liquor stores who currently are not allowed to be open every day.
  • All or nothing: Butch’s highest approvals came from those who don’t drink alcohol and those who have had 13+ drinks in the past week.
  • Praying for Butch: Only 3% of Tennesseans who attend church at least once a week disapprove of the job Butch is doing.
  • Protect this house: Butch’s biggest base of support comes from East Tennessee as 65% approve of the job he is doing in the east (66% of voters in the 2nd Congressional district, which is home to the University of Tennessee, approve of the job he is doing).

 

Football fans like to drink liquor and wine and want the freedom to buy it on NFL Gamedays

  • Of those who care about football, 68% stated they prefer wine or liquor over beer.
  • Big Government is Bad, Football is Good: Of those who care about football, 84% want government to get out the way when deciding when businesses can be open and closed.
  • Of those who care about football, more Tennesseans support allowing liquor stores to decide whether or not to be open every day than those who do not.
  • Of those that drank 13 or more drinks in the past seven days, only 6% stated they did not care about NFL football.
  • Of those that drank 7 or more drinks in the past seven days, only 11% stated they did not care about NFL football.

 

Beer, Liquor, or Wine?

  • Is Rocky Top “Fake News?”: Our survey found that East Tennessee favors wine almost three-to-one over liquor, despite reports that “folks on Rocky Top get their corn from a jar.”
  • Liquor is most popular in West Tennessee and beer is most popular in Middle Tennessee.
  • Big Government Bad, I’ll Have A Drink: Over 95% of Tennesseans who had a drink in the last week believe government should not be involved when businesses are open and closed.
  • Big Government Bad, I’m Good With Sweet Tea: Over 92% of Tennesseans who stated they had not had a drink in the last week or don’t drink believe government should not be involved when businesses are open and closed.

 

Tennesseans don’t want Colin Kaepernick to be signed by their favorite NFL team.

  • 83.8% of Tennesseans do not want their favorite NFL team to sign Colin Kaepernick versus 5.4% of Tennesseans who would want their favorite NFL team to sign Kaepernick.
  • Yes to POTUS, no to Colin: Of those Tennesseans who approve of the job President Trump is doing, only 2.5% would want Kaepernick on their favorite NFL team.
  • Less than one percent of Tennesseans want Colin Kaepernick pernick on their team and would never vote for Peyton Manning.

Tennesseans want to hear Peyton Manning’s policy positions

  • Don’t measure the drapes yet: Despite many political prognosticators believing Peyton Manning winning an election in Tennessee would be a sure thing, our survey showed there is a lot of work Peyton must do before he runs for office.
  • 65.4% of Tennesseans stated they would have to hear more about his positions before committing to vote for him.
  • Peyton enjoys his largest base of support in East Tennessee.
  • Big Government is Bad, Peyton is Good: A majority of Peyton’s support is from Tennesseans who want government out of deciding when businesses are open and closed, including liquor stores who currently are not allowed to be open every day.
  • Of those who would vote for Peyton “no matter what,” his biggest base of support is those who say they drink liquor most often.

 

President Trump continues to have high approval ratings

  • Our survey found President Trump has a rock-solid job approval rating of 82.3%
  • Only 7% of voters who approve of President Trump also disapprove of Butch Jones job performance
  • 85% of self-identified beer drinkers, 79% of self-identified wine drinkers and 81% of self-identified liquor drinkers approve of President Trump

 

Despite over a decade of legislative bickering, a majority of Tennesseans believe “Wine in Grocery Stores” is a good thing or don’t care

  • 61% of those who say they go to church more than once a week believe “Wine in Grocery Stores” has been good for Tennessee or simply don’t care about it
  • 72% of Tennesseans state that “Wine in Grocery Stores” has been good for Tennessee or don’t care about it.

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