Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Harris Poll: Soccer lags among favorite sports
January 27th, 2014 7:09PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MAKING A LIST] Men's soccer still lags far behind other American sports in a Harris Poll online survey of American adults, conducted in December. Just 2 percent said men's soccer was their favorite sport.

That put men's soccer tied with four other sports, behind pro football, the overwhelming favorite, and six other sports. In 2010, men's soccer was tied with men's college basketball for seventh place at 4 percent. It was also the favorite of 4 percent of Americans in 1998.

Men's soccer was actually more popular, according to the Harris Poll, in 1985, the first year of the sports survey (3 percent) than it was in 2013. Pro football has gone up 11 points, while baseball has gone down 9 points during the same period.

Women's soccer was one of three sports to register less than 1 percent in 2013. The only time it registered at least 1 percent was in 2004. (The poll was not conducted in 1999, the year of the Women's World Cup held in the United States.)

Harris Interactive surveyed 2,311 adults online Dec. 11-17.

Favorite Sport:
35% Pro football
14% Baseball
11% College football
7% Auto racing
6% Men's pro basketball
5% Hockey
3% Men's college basketball
2% Men's golf
2% Men's Soccer
2% Swimming
2% Boxing
2% Men's tennis
1% Bowling
1% Horse racing
1% Track & field
1% Women's tennis
1% Women's college basketball
* Women's soccer
* Women's pro basketball
* Women's golf
3% Not sure
*Less than 0.5 percent.


2 comments
  1. Valerie Metzler
    commented on: January 28, 2014 at 10:08 a.m.
    Well, they didn't ask ME!
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: January 28, 2014 at 11:57 a.m.
    I think this survey shows baseball has fallen off as the national pastime. Soccer doesn't seem to benefit during World Cup years. Are most World Cup fans of the bandwagon variety?

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: How MLS All-Stars vs. Arsenal came about     
The best promotional video ever gets underway with Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco and Herculez Gomez, features ...
Making a List: MLS players on move to NASL    
Brazilian defender Adailton became the latest former MLS player to sign with an NASL team when ...
MLS player tracker with complete rosters (Feb. 10)    
The Philadelphia Union signed forward C.J. Sapong to a three-year contract. He led the Union with ...
Klinsmann breaks down U.S. goalkeeping situation    
As the USA heads into 2016 with the Copa Centenario and World Cup 2018 qualifying on ...
What They're Saying: High schooler Marte Formico    
"It's awesome having Brandi. Someone who has been that caliber of a player, that has been ...
What They're Saying: Fiorentina executive Sandro Mencucci    
"In Italy, people love football, but everybody thinks that football is only for men -- they ...
MLS Preseason: Training camp and friendly schedules    
The MLS champion Portland Timbers head home after playing Real Salt Lake Thursday morning in their ...
USA-Costa Rica Takeaways: USA doesn't mess around    
The USA isn't going to mess around with Olympic women's qualifying. It wasn't the 14-0 rout ...
U.S. Abroad: Bedoya does it again for Nantes    
In France, they call it "la magie de la Coupe" ("cup magic"). CF2 (fifth division) club ...
Video Pick: Back-heel Golazo of the Week    
VfL Bochum's Tim Hoogland has his back to SC Freiburg's goal when teammate Timo Perthel unleashes ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives