Poll: Football Still Americans' Favorite Sport to Watch

By Michael W. Chapman | January 5, 2018 | 5:09 PM EST


(CNSNews.com) -- Despite the anti-police and anti-Trump protests by some professional football players, the game is still the favorite sport to watch for 37% of Americans, according to a new poll by Gallup.

Although 37% of Americans prefer to watch football, that percentage is down from a high of 43% in 2006-2007.

After football, 11% of Americans say basketball is their favorite sport to watch; 9% said baseball is their favorite; and 7% said soccer. 


Baseball was the most popular sport in 1948 and 1960, according to Gallup, "but football claimed the top spot in 1972 and has been the public's favorite ever since."

However, Gallup also noted that in October 2017, 57% of Americans said they were fans of professional football but that was down 10% when the same question was asked in December 2012. 

In terms of political ideology, 38% of conservatives said they liked to watched football the most but only 5% of conservatives cared to watch soccer. On the other side, 28% of liberals preferred football but at least 13% also liked to watch soccer. 

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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman