Smart people ♥ college football.

College Football Resource linked to this Harris Interactive poll that asked people what their favorite sport is.

No surprise to find that the NFL is king. Or that baseball continues to decline in popularity.

Most interesting to me are some of the demographics behind the interest in different sports. Here are some conclusions drawn about the top four (college football is number 3 with a bullet and looks to supplant baseball soon):

The survey also finds some sizable differences between different segments of the population. Pro football is most popular among African Americans (47%), those with household incomes of $50,000 to under $75,000 (41%) and $35,000 to under $50,000 (40%), and among Generation X (those aged 28 to 39) (39%). Those with a post graduate education are least likely (23%) to call professional football their favorite sport.

Baseball does best among Hispanics (20%) and Echo Boomers (those aged 18–27) (21%). African Americans are least likely to say baseball is their favorite sport (6%).

College football is particularly popular among Republicans and those with post graduate degrees (both 20%). Five percent of those with household incomes of less than $15,000 cite professional football as their favorite sport.

Auto racing (which includes NASCAR) is most popular among those with a high school education or less (19%) and Baby Boomers (15%), while it fares worst among those with a post graduate degree (2%) and Generation X (4%).

The top four groups that like college football are post-graduates, Republicans, people making more than $75,000.00 a year and Southern.  Sounds like they conducted the survey in the luxury boxes at Sanford Stadium…


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2 responses to “Smart people ♥ college football.

  1. …because only smart people can figure out the BCS!



  2. “Auto racing (which includes NASCAR) is most popular among those with a high school education or less (19%)”

    Shocker. My I.Q. dropped 10 points after a trip to “The Saturday Race” at ‘Dega. Speaking of Bama fans…

    “Alabama Football is most popular amongst those that got good reception in the trailer during the Bear Bryant era. Its popularity has no relationship with the actual University.”