Football is America’s Favorite Sport as Lead over Baseball Continues to Grow

Harris Interactive, January 25, 2012

For two months every year, sports fans have to make a decision—watch football or baseball on Sundays? Based on the numbers of Americans who say it’s their favorite sport, one would have to assume that football wins hands down. Over one-third of adults who follow at least one sport (36%) say professional football is their favorite sport while just 13% say baseball is their favorite. {snip}

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,237 adults surveyed online between December 5 and 12, 2011 by Harris Interactive.

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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

Sport

All Adults

Highest

Lowest

%

%

%

Pro football

36

African Americans

48

Post-grad

28

Those aged 30-39

46

Born-again Christians

30

Some college

42

Those aged 65+

30

Baseball

13

Those aged 50-64

21

African Americans

6

Hispanics

19

Those aged 30-39

6

Easterners

17

Households with children

9

College Football

13

Post grads

22

Easterners

4

College graduates

19

Income less than $35K

8

Midwesterners

18

Those aged 50-64

8

Auto Racing

8

Income $50K – $74.9K

12

African Americans

1

H.S. or Less

12

Post grad

1

Those aged 65+

12

Liberals

4

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between December 5 to 12, 2011 among 2,237 adults (aged 18 and over), 1,466 of whom say they follow at least one sport. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

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  • I thought Blacks least favorite sport was swimming, blacks have 20% more muscle density, that’s why they sink. No black swimmers at the Olympics.

    Another sport blacks don’t do is ride bicycles, you will not see one in the Tour de France.

    http://chimpout.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/gangsta-bikers/

    ” Blacks bring out the religion in me sometimes.  There just seems to be no other place to turn for answers.  Then I see them on bikes and say, What the hell are blacks doing on bikes?  It just seems like something you should only see at the circus…monkeys riding little bikes in circles!  What the hell  is wrong with this world?    Even with my vast knowledge of the nature of black people I just can’t accept blacks on bicycles.  It just ain’t natural. ”

  • WmarkW

    Not on the core message of AmRen:

    Baseball was a lot better in the 80s when they put the ball in play, and had exciting plays on the basepaths.   Today’s game is too slow and too many at bats are resolved in the batters box (strikeouts walks and home runs.)

    Baseball is one thing that would benefit from having more blacks. 
    They’ve been many of the most exciting players.

    • Carney3

      Pay a visit to Castefootball.us  Interesting dissent from the idea that blacks are athletically superior.

    • dukem1

       I agree wholeheartedly with your statement re: at bats being decided in the batters box…seems to be the way teams are built nowadays….moneyball, etc….
      But I do think that there is a cerebral context in which the the baseball fan watches games….hard to think that there is a more exciting game an American sports fan can watch than a 2-1 world series contest….it’s the national pastime and so in our sports DNA…
      I like a slugfest as much as the next guy, especially when it is my home town team doing the slugging, but there many ways in which a baseball game can be exciting, and I would say that the “athleticism” of the individual contestants is, in the big picture, the least of them.

      ;

    • Eagle_Eyed

       Really?  Blacks like Curtis Granderson, Austin Jackson, and Ryan Howard all strikeout and walk a lot.  They also hit a fair amount of HRs.

  • Church_of_Jed

    In baseball, blacks don’t get to see one of their racial heroes smash a “too White” quarterback’s face into the turff and then stomp on his “too White” arm with sharpened cleats.

  • Carney3

    I gotta agree with the blacks here.  Baseball may evoke our pastoral past, may be seen in a “golden hour” drenched light full of nostalgia and yearning and all Americana, etc.  But it’s BORING.  Sorry.  And football is exciting. 

    • Eagle_Eyed

       No, football isn’t.  Commercials and timeouts, reviews, challenges, and replays. 

      People who think baseball is “boring,” are people who haven’t played it at a higher level.  It is much more intricate and detailed than the average fan realizes.

      • Joe Batters

         I agree completely.  I rarely watch sports anymore and football has really gotten ridiculous with all the dead air time.  I do however enjoy watching the highly touted black quarterbacks fail miserably after they have their one year of success.

      •  Anyone who doesn’t think baseball is or can be exciting needs to watch tape of Game Six of last year’s World Series.

  • Ice Hockey is still by far and away the most entertaining and incredible sport.  No other professional sport requires the skill and stamina of ice hockey.  While other sports are getting their panties in a wad about fighting, ice hockey allows and encourages bare knuckle brawling.  Life should be more like ice hockey, five minutes for fighting.

  • Does this mean we no longer have to read about the crisis of fewer black baseball players?