Is Football Falling As A Fan Favorite?
Football still reigns supreme as America’s favorite sport, but it appears to have lost fans over the last five years.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of American Adults still say football is their favorite sport to follow, but that's down from 53% in November 2012 when we first asked this question. Only 12% now name “America’s pastime,” baseball, as their favorite, while just as many (12%) say basketball. Auto racing, tennis and soccer rate four percent (4%) support each, while three percent (3%) choose hockey and golf. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other sport. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 20-21, 2017 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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