Monday, January 27, 2014

Where does auto racing rank among America's favorite sports?

   According to a survey taken this month by the Harris Poll, which has been asking adult fans, ages 18 and over about their favorite sport since 1985, pro football is the most popular sport in America for at least the 30th straight year.

    In 2014, 35 percent of fans call the NFL their favorite sport, followed by Major League Baseball (14 percent), college football (11 percent), auto racing (7 percent), the NBA (6 percent), the NHL (5 percent) and college basketball (3 percent).

   Read more here.


  1. It does not rank in the North. It ranks 7 percent in the deep south (the areas that firmly believe the civil war was NOT fought over the south's refusal to allow blacks to be free, but that the war was fought over a tariff on cotton). Ironically these are the same areas that rank very high in: percentage of mobile homes, DISMAL scoring on any sort of public educational testing...etc,etc).

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  3. Mr Utter, you provide numbers for 2014, but no previous numbers to compare them against. Is stock car racing (and the other sports mentioned, also) becoming more or less popular?

  4. I'm baffled Major League Baseball is listed with 14% because nowhere do I see any serious groundswell of popularity for the game outside of Boston and New York. I'm also baffled why hockey doesn't generate more than 5%.

    Racing's popularity has declined in recent years, though the 7% figure may be a smidge low.