Super Bowl poll finds most Americans don't care who wins big game

President Obama hoping for close match

NEW ORLEANS - A Seton Hall poll suggests 53 percent of Americans don't care who wins at the Super Bowl Sunday.

The Seton Hall Sports Poll, conducted Jan. 28-30, shows 26 percent of people rooting for the San Francisco 49ers and 21 percent rooting for the Baltimore Ravens. One-third of Americans plan to skip Sunday's game.

The poll of 894 randomly selected adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

Super Bowl XLVII kicks off in New Orleans, La., at 3:30 p.m. PST.

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Obama hoping for close match in Super Bowl

President Barack Obama is hoping for a close match in this year's Super Bowl.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will watch Sunday's matchup and expects it to be highly entertaining, even though his beloved Chicago Bears aren't playing.

Obama hasn't said who he's rooting for when the 49ers and the Ravens square off. Last year, when Obama was running for re-election, he didn't pick sides, although he honored the victorious Giants later at the White House, as the president does with championship teams.

Carney says he's not sure who else may watch the game with Obama. In previous years, elected officials and prominent entertainers have joined Obama and the first lady at the White House to watch the big game.

Calif. Governor offers book for Super Bowl bet

Gov. Jerry Brown was one of the few California politicians yet to announce a bet on Sunday's Super Bowl matchup, until he offered up a characteristically esoteric wager.

Brown posted a message to his Maryland counterpart, Gov. Martin O'Malley, late Friday on Twitter, offering a book on California history if the San Francisco 49ers lose to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Democratic governor posted a photo of a weathered copy of the 1949 book "California: The Great Exception," by Carey McWilliams. He said it details the state's exceptionalism on and off the field.

O'Malley responded on Twitter with a more traditional sports offering, saying "I see your book, and I raise you a case of Natty Boh," or National Bohemian beer, which hails from Baltimore.

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