So who saw this survey?

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  1. Melrose Munch

    Melrose Munch Registered User

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    http://www.harrisinteractive.com/Ne... Default/mid/1508/ArticleId/1136/Default.aspx

    College football and auto racing remain third and fourth

    NEW YORK , N.Y. - January 17, 2013 - Football versus baseball. It's an argument for bars and living rooms all across the nation. But, when it comes to America's favorite sport, football wins. Over one-third of adults who follow at least one sport (34%) say professional football is their favorite sport while just 16% say baseball is their favorite. The gap between the two sports has narrowed from 2011 to 2012 - in 2011, 36% said pro football was their favorite while 13% said baseball was their favorite sport.
    These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,176 adults surveyed online between December 12 and 18, 2012 by Harris Interactive.
    Looking at how other sports fared, just over one in ten sports fans (11%) say college football is their favorite sport while 8% say it is auto racing, 7% say men's professional basketball, and 5% say hockey. All other sports are favorites for 3% or less of sports fans.
     
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  2. saskriders

    saskriders Can't Hold Leads

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    :laugh: at auto racing and education
     
  3. Inkling

    Inkling Same Old Hockey

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    You can only have one favourite sport. I'd be interested if they also determined what percentage of people were hockey fans versus other sports.
     
  4. AdmiralsFan24

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    2,176 adults is a huge sample.
     
  5. mouser

    mouser Business of Hockey

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    Uhm, why laugh? They both have a huge base of fans.
     
  6. Brodie

    Brodie Marxist-Harbaughist

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    I believe he was laughing at the fact that one of the largest support groups for racing was "those with a HS diploma or less" while one of the lowest support groups for it was "postgrads", thus suggesting a correlation between lack of education and interest in auto racing.
     
  7. Melrose Munch

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    That's why I posted it. The sample is too large.
     
  8. IU Hawks fan

    IU Hawks fan They call me IU

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    That's awesome.

    Hockey's problem is finding a way not to make it people's favorite sport, but garnering interest as a secondary one. Look at the NBA, there's not that many more who consider it #1 vs those for hockey. What makes the NBA as big as it is is the amount of casuals who will tune in come playoff time.
     
  9. Ugmo

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    I don't understand how anyone can watch pro football. It's like 10 minutes of action over a span of 3 hours. That would drive me insane.
     
  10. tarheelhockey

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    There's a lot more action in a football game than just what happens during the play. A great deal of the time spent getting to the line, calling audibles, sending players in motion, celebrating touchdowns, using the chains to determine first downs... all of that is part of the action, even if it's not "live ball" time.
     
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    The thing is, racing itself when you look at the whole operation has to be a collection of alot of smart people.
     
  12. Ugmo

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    Okay, but all of those things are about as interesting as watching paint dry. I mean, watching a ref use a chain to determine a first down is exciting? I suppose it must be to millions of people, but I'll never understand it.
     
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    I don't understand how anyone can watch soccer. It's like 5 minutes of actual excitement over a span of 2 hours. Plus a lot of the players are soft. That would drive me insane.
     
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    IU Hawks fan They call me IU

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    Soccer has terrific pace and amazing tension. Plus no commercials, the play is pretty constant, and games are done in under 2 hours. It's great.
     
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    How does curling non pop up every 4 years?
     
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    I can't get into soccer, I just cant get over the fact that diving is such an element of the sport. Europe has much better sporting exports then soccer to me personally.
     
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    please
     
  18. tarheelhockey

    tarheelhockey Highest Boss

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    "Okay, but all of those things are about as interesting as watching paint dry. I mean, watching players dump the puck and go for a line change is exciting? I suppose it must be to millions of people, but I'll never understand it."

    You can easily do this with any sport. Strategic elements are less exciting to non-fans.
     
  19. Victorious Secret

    Victorious Secret EVERYBODY PANIC

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    I wonder how much this survey would change based on time of the year. i.e. people with mixed feelings on what their favorite sport may be could change depending on what playoff season it is
     
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    Edit: Sorry, I thought you were questioning my statistic.

    It's not so much that they're actually soft as that they get rewarded by the referee for embellishing fouls. It used to drive me insane too, but somehow I've gotten used to it by now.
     
  21. Doan Jidion*

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    What the NHL lacks in raw numbers, it makes up for with good demographic breakdowns. It's at least good that they're known to have an educated, tech-savvy base.
     
  22. Gardner McKay

    Gardner McKay You had to be there

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    The same way I will never understand the love for European Football. Ive played Soccer my entire life and love the game but when it comes to watching it I would rather sit at the DMV.
     
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    The thing is, what is about educated people that makes them like hockey?
     
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    Survey done during the lockout? I wonder if that caused some bitter fans to report a different sport as their favourite.
     
  25. Doan Jidion*

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    They're smart enough to know hockey ruuuuuuuleeeees
     

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