Sunday, April 03, 2011
Professional athletes are often held to a different standard than other famous people because they are looked up to by children. But a strong majority of Americans don’t believe they’re doing a good job upholding their image.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 17% of Adults say professional athletes are good role models for young children. Fifty-seven percent (57%) disagree with that statement, while 26% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
While little league baseball is one of the more recognizable youth sports, 65% of adults say baseball is less popular among children compared to 25-years ago. Fourteen percent (14%) disagree and say it’s more popular, while 10% say it’s about the same as it was a quarter of a century ago. Eleven percent (11%) are not sure.
To appeal to younger fans, separate polling in July 2009 found that 41% believe baseball should schedule more day games during the playoffs and World Series. Almost as many (39%), however, disagree.
The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on March 29-30, 2011 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.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
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