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Poll results: PHT readers don’t just like the new Jets logo, they like it more than the old one

Aug 2, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT


Every now and then, there’s a silent majority. Significant amounts of people provided boisterous criticisms of the Winnipeg Jets’ new logo designs – some from the comments section, some from their own blogs. If you were to follow a lot of the snarky comments from Twitter and other sections of the Internet, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that True North unleashed a sequel to the Buffalo Sabres’ disastrous Buffaslug.

Even the people who did like (or at least tolerate) the design made a rather important qualifying statement: they thought the classic design still reigns supreme. Some would get mad at the new Winnipeg Jets for jettisoning an icon that brings about waves of nostalgia.

For hours, days and weeks, we heard the passionate reactions of many people, yet the feelings of the masses weren’t put into numbers. Once the logo was unveiled, we asked readers for a bit more insight than just a simple “Yay or Nay?” question. With the undeniable nostalgiagic ties in mind, we polled PHT readers with three choices about the new logo: 1) Did you like it even more than the old logo? 2) Did you like it, but not as much as the original? or 3) Did you dislike it altogether?

Here are the results from polling that began on July 22.

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As you can see, almost half of all responders (47.51 percent) liked the new logo even more than the previous model. When you combine that group with the 29.14 percent who liked it – but not as much as the old design – that reveals about 76.65 percent of voters who were happy about the new logo to at least some degree. Meanwhile, 577 of the 2,471 voters (23.35 percent) didn’t like it.

Considering how well the Jets merchandise is selling, it makes sense that a lot of people enjoy the new look. Personally, I’d probably fall somewhere between “Like it, but not as much as the old Jets logo” and sheer indifference – the concept is clean and nice, but a bit on the bland side.

My thought process doesn’t fall in line with most responders, though. Still have some things to say about the new logos? Feel free to share your seasoned feedback in the comments. Surely we’ll have a lot of fun examining the jerseys once the Jets finally roll those out, too.

  1. trbowman - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    It’s an awful logo, you guys are nuts.

    • sjawesome - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

      I agree. It looks terrible

  2. ready4jets - Aug 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    I think any ‘new’ logo was going to get it’s share of negative reaction from the people who grew up with the old logo. The new one will grow on people.

    If you look at the original six logos, most people think they’re timeless, neat, and generally great, but that’s only because of the deep and rich history of the clubs. Look at them without the sentimental attachment. The Bruins Wagonwheel, The Toronto Maple Leaf, if released today would be called uninspiring and boring, and people would wonder if the guy who designed the Canadiens logo had graduated from preschool yet.

    But most of us consider the original six logos iconic because we associate them with Gordie Howe, Guy Lafleur, and every other childhood hero. Plus those logos have always been there and are as familiar to us as an memory of the sport.

    I’m glad the team didn’t go with something cartoonish, with a whole bunch of text, or over the top. Simple, neat, timeless was and is the way to go.

    • sjawesome - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:37 PM

      Sorry I disagree. I don’t think this logo will be timeless. It’s plain, dull, and boring.

  3. polegojim - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Seriously? With all the creative resources at the disposal of a new city, new start, new image….
    the best they can come up with is plastering a solid colored jet on a maple leaf?

    C’mon Winnipeg, surely there’s more talent and creativity in the city than THAT, eh?

    • hystoracle - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:37 AM

      I thought the secondary logo was much better. Just might not fit on the front of a jersey. The fans in Winnipeg will buy all of it regardless of what they put on the front.

      • b1unt3d - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

        The Conservative Party called.. they want their logo back.

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