If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.


Just 17% Say Professional Athletes Are Good Role Models

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. 

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.  

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.

Want to read more?

Become a Rasmussen Reader to read the article

Have an account?

Log In

Become a Reader


Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.

We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.

To learn more about our methodology, click here.