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Most Parents Think Winning More Important Than Just Playing the Game

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

An overwhelming number of Americans consider sports important in childhood development, but most parents think winning is more important than just participating in team sports. Americans also believe free play is better than organized sports activities.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 84% of American Adults think participation in sports by young people is at least somewhat important to their development, although only 36% say it is Very Important. Fourteen percent (14%) believe sports is not very or Not At All Important to a young person’s development. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 4-5, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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