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Who rocks the red? A look at the polling

Ah, the good old hockey game. Some say it's the best game you can name, but who in the Washington area will be rocking the red Thursday night when the Capitals take on the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the NHL playoffs?

According to a recent Washington Post poll, 20 percent of area residents who have a favorite local team said the Caps are tops in their book, with support peaking in Northern Virginia, among whites and among younger residents. (About two-thirds in the region expressed a preference among local professional franchises.)

Overall, 25 percent of northern Virginians called the Capitals their top team, compared with 19 percent of Marylanders and 9 percent of District residents. Support for the Caps is concentrated outside the Beltway, where about a quarter called the Caps their favorites; it's 15 percent inside the ring.

Among those under age 50, the Caps have the hearts of 26 percent, compared with 10 percent among older residents, who expressed greater allegiance to the Redskins. Nearly three in 10 white residents called the Capitals their favorites, more than double the level among non-whites. And more men rock the red (23 percent) than women (17 percent).

Since this is Washington, it would be impossible not to look at the politics of the puck: Republicans (30 percent) and independents (26 percent) were more likely to call the Caps their top team than were Democrats (17 percent). But if the team parades Lord Stanley's Cup down K Street this June, there might just be cross-party agreement in the nation's capital for once.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  April 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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The other 50% rocks the Black and Gold - go Pens! (and thanks for giving us Randle El back, we're going to need him)

Posted by: duffymoon | April 15, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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