I posted on one of these last year, but there’s another Harris poll out on America’s taste in organized sports. Once again, to nobody’s surprise, pro football rules the roost.
… Three in ten Americans who follow one or more sport (30%) say that professional football is their favorite sport, almost unchanged from last year when 29 percent said it was their favorite. Coming in at second is baseball, as 15 percent say that is their favorite sport, again almost unchanged from last year when it was 14 percent. Not far behind baseball is college football (12%) and auto racing (10%). All other sports are in single digits.
Some of the long term trends are fascinating. Pro basketball post-Jordan has fallen into a rut from which it may never emerge – even pro hockey is more popular at present. And what can you say about women’s sports when the viewing public would rather see horses?
But my favorite part of this is the demographics of the fans. Here’s the chart:
DEMOGRAPHIC VARIATIONS IN FAVORITE SPORTS
““If you had to choose, which ONE of these sports would you say is your favorite?”
Base: All adults who follow more than one sport
|Those aged 25-29||37||Post graduate||23|
|Those 65 and older||35||Liberals||24|
|Those 30-39||21||Those 65 and older||9|
|College Football||12||College graduates||22||Easterners||3|
|Republicans||19||$35,000 – $49,999||7|
|Auto Racing||10||Those aged 30-39||14||Hispanics||1|
|Southerners||13||Those aged 18-24||4|
Man, talk about your cliché goldmine. Except for Republicans not liking baseball so much. Maybe it’s just their way of rejecting W’s past life as an ineffectual head of the Texas Rangers.
And college football fans: white, Southern, Republican. Who knew? At least we’re educated.