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Just 33% of Football Fans Following NFL Labor Negotiations Closely

Friday, January 14, 2011

No NFL football in 2011?  This is a possibility, but professional football fans don’t appear to be paying much attention and they have mixed feelings on whether it will actually happen.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that one out of three professional football fans (33%) are following the current labor negotiations between the NFL owners and the players association.  A solid majority (65%) are not following these negotiations closely. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

These figures include seven percent (7%) who are following these negotiations Very Closely and 22% who are not following them at all.

Football fans are more evenly divided on whether a strike will actually take place.  Thirty-nine percent (39%) say it’s at least somewhat likely a strike will occur in the NFL that will either delay or cancel the 2011 season, including 12% who say it’s Very Likely.  Forty-four percent (44%) don’t think this is likely to happen, with ten percent (10%) who feel it’s Not At All Likely.  Another 18% are not sure.

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The survey of 1,700 Professional Football Fans was conducted on January 10-12, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 2 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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