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Many Massachusetts Democrats Don’t Like Tom Brady

February 25, 2020

For some Massachusetts Democrats, Tom Brady is a polarizing figure.

At least, that’s what a survey from UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion recently concluded. The New England Patriots quarterback is popular, but not as popular as you might expect.

The poll found that only 61 percent of Bay State Democrats viewed the 42-year-old six-time Super Bowl champion favorably while 19 percent viewed him unfavorably. Additionally, 20 percent said they had no opinion of him.

This makes him less popular among Democrats in the state than Dunkin’ Donuts:  68 percent view the chain favorably while 17 percent view it unfavorably and 15 percent had no opinion.

Brady is a longtime friend of President Donald Trump. Brady appeared to endorse Trump for president in September 2015.

A sportswriter who noticed a red Make America Great Again baseball cap in Brady’s locker asked Brady, “Do you think he has what it takes?”

Brady responded:

“I hope so. That would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I’m sure of that.”

Brady later walked back his comments, and since then has generally declined to discuss politics in public.

The quarterback, who has been the Patriots starter since week two of the 2001 season, has won an NFL record six Super Bowls with the Patriots. 

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