A recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center has revealed that football is viewed as "America's sport" by the majority of Americans. The survey asked nearly 12,000 U.S. adults to choose one sport as "America's sport," even if they don't personally follow it. The results showed that 53% of Americans believe football holds this title, while only 27% chose baseball.
Other sports included in the survey were basketball, soccer, auto racing, and hockey. However, these sports received much smaller shares of the votes. The survey also allowed respondents to write in another sport, with golf, boxing, rodeo, and ice skating being the most common answers. Some respondents took the opportunity to add humor to their answers, mentioning "competitive eating," "grievance politics," "reality TV," and "cow tipping."
The survey demonstrated that football was viewed as America's sport across all major demographic groups. It was the top choice for men and women, older and younger adults, and White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans.
While football is considered America's sport, the survey also revealed that a majority of U.S. adults (62%) do not closely follow professional or college sports. Additionally, 63% of Americans only talk about sports with others a few times a month or less. Only 7% of adults could be considered sports "superfans" – those who closely follow sports and discuss them daily.
The survey was conducted online and based on a sample of 11,945 U.S. adults. The Pew Research Center's American Trends Panel was used for the survey, ensuring the representation of various demographics. The data was weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population by factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, and education.
It is important to note that Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization that conducts public opinion polling and provides analysis on various topics without taking policy positions.
For more information about Pew Research Center and its methodology, visit their official website.