Pro Football Losing Fans; Other Sports Holding Steady

The percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as professional football fans has fallen from 67% in December 2012, the last time Gallup asked the question, to 57% today. In contrast, every other sport measured in the Oct. 10-11 survey, except for Olympic sports, did not change meaningfully from five years […] Read more »

Majority of Americans Do Not Think Collegiate Athletes Should Be Paid

A majority of Americans say college athletes should not be compensated beyond scholarships, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll released today. But when marketing, including video games, are involved, two-thirds of respondents said collegiate athletes should be compensated if their names or likenesses are used, according to […] Read more »

Among fans less interested in NFL, more cite anthem protests than head injuries

The National Football League knows that last season’s national anthem protests by quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players turned some fans away from the sport. While the number may be a small percentage of overall fans, the league has grappled with how to approach the issue and the effect anthem […] Read more »

U.S. Business Sectors Gain or Hold Steady in Public Esteem

Americans’ overall impressions of six major sectors of the U.S. economy grew significantly more positive this year. Farming and agriculture saw the biggest improvement, with 70% now viewing it positively, up 15 percentage points from 2016. Americans are also more positive about education, the computer, real estate and sports industries, […] Read more »

For Solace and Solidarity in the Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On

… Traditional television, a medium considered so last century, has watched audiences drift away for the better part of a decade. Now rattled liberals are surging back, seeking catharsis, solidarity and relief. … Uncertainty and tumult have long driven ratings, and the interest is bipartisan. Fox News, already cable’s highest-rated […] Read more »

Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated

Despite the abundance of digital diversions vying for their time and attention, most Americans are still reading books. In fact, they are consuming books at nearly the same rate that they were when Gallup last asked this question in 2002 — before smartphones, Facebook or Twitter became ubiquitous. CONT. Art […] Read more »

Little Confidence in Major American Institutions

Few Americans have much confidence in many key U.S. institutions like local and federal government, big business, agencies like the FBI and CIA and the national news media, according to results from a brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal. The exceptions: A combined 73 percent of American adults have either a […] Read more »