Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise
Sports News Without Fear, Favor or Compromise

The annual Harris Poll survey is out, and for the 30th year in a row, Americans named pro football (35 percent) as their favorite sport, with baseball (14 percent) a not-so-close second.

The full results are below, along with historical data, and rounding out the top five are college football (11 percent), auto racing (seven percent), and men's pro basketball (six percent). Hockey is a close sixth, with five percent of Americans naming it as their favorite sport.


Baseball's decline has long been bemoaned, but it's interesting to see how far basketball has fallen from the peak Jordan years. Auto racing too, once hailed as the fastest-growing sport in America, seems to be in decline from its plateau a decade ago. Be sure to scroll through the release for some stereotype fodder on which demographics like—and don't like—certain individual sports.

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