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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ryan Braun has 59% approval rating in Wisconsin, poll says; 34% still undecided

After the fallout from the overturning of his 50-game drug suspension, Ryan Braun looks like he might end up saving face. Well, in Wisconsin, at least.

According to a recent poll of Wisconsin voters, 59% said they still have a favorable opinion of the Brewers’ reigning NL MVP. But, interestingly, 34% of those polled said they still weren’t sure how they feel about Braun. The poll was conducted between Feb. 23 and 26, which was the time immediately after news broke that Braun won his appeal and boldly declared his innocence in a press conference.

While Braun still has a mostly positive view among Sconnies, undoubtedly he was more popular last fall when he was leading the Brewers to an NLCS and winning the league’s MVP award. These numbers also most likely don’t reflect the rest of the country. Asking people in Wisconsin what they think about Braun is like asking Democrats what they think of Barack Obama.

Uncertainty about Braun’s innocence is still out there, and it should be a lot of fun seeing the reception he receives going ballpark to ballpark this season. Probably wouldn’t hurt to have a “Flying Syringe Alert” in effect.

Photo credit: Jerry Lai, US Presswire



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