National Survey: MLB Tops NFL as America’s Most Popular Sport

Surveys | October 22, 2017

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KANSAS CITY, MO – Remington Research Group has conducted a national public opinion survey regarding the upcoming World Series. The survey was conducted October 22nd and 1,211 Americans participated. The survey’s margin of error is +/-2.8%.

60% of those interviewed view Major League Baseball favorably with just 11% viewing the league unfavorably. Major League Baseball scores high marks across all demographics of Americans. This favorability number has translated into high interest in the playoffs thus far.

61% indicated baseball’s playoffs have been interesting leading up to the World Series, with 31% saying the playoff have been very interesting. The same amount, 61%, are interested in the upcoming World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.

Respondents were asked which team they personally wanted to win the World Series. The Astros are the favorite of those interviewed with 37% saying they wanted the Astros to win, while 25% wanted the Dodgers to win. 38% were undecided.

Though Americans want the Astros to win, American think the Dodgers will win. 35% believe the Dodgers will win the World Series and 31% think the Astros will win. 30% believe the World Series will last six games, 20% believe the series will go the full seven games and 17% think the series will last five games. Just 7% predict the World Series will end in a sweep of just four games.

Major League Baseball was the favorite professional sports league of those interviewed with 30% indicating baseball is their top professional sport. Just 25% indicated the NFL was their favorite and 10% said the NBA. The NHL garnered 8% and Major League Soccer pulled in 2%. The NFL’s numbers seem to have been hurt amongst Republicans and Non-Partisans. Republicans and Non-Partisans prefer Major League Baseball over the NFL 30% to 21%, while Democrats prefer the NFL over Major League Baseball 33% to 29%.

“Interest is high heading into the World Series,” said Titus Bond, Director of Remington Research Group. “Controversy surrounding the NFL and the National Anthem may have led many Americans to return to baseball. A byproduct of President Trump’s public debate with the NFL seems to be a return for many Americans to our National Pastime.

Survey results:

Q: What is your opinion of Major League Baseball?

Favorable: 60%
Unfavorable: 11%
No opinion: 29%

Q: What is your opinion of Joe Buck?

Favorable: 20%
Unfavorable: 19%
No opinion: 61%

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of Joe Buck’s job performance as a baseball play-by-play announcer?

Approve: 24%
Disapprove: 17%
Not sure: 59%

Q: How interesting do you think the MLB playoffs has been so far?

Very interesting: 31%
Somewhat interesting: 30%
Not at all interesting: 29%
Not sure: 10%

Q: How interested are you in the upcoming World Series matchup between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Very interested: 31%
Somewhat interested: 30%
Not at all interested: 34%
Not sure: 5%

Q: Who do you want to see win the 2017 World Series?

Houston Astros: 37%
L.A. Dodgers: 25%
Undecided: 38%

Q: Who do you think will win the 2017 World Series?

Houston Astros: 31%
L.A. Dodgers: 35%
Not sure: 34%

Q: How many games do you think the 2017 World Series will go?

Four games: 7%
Five games: 17%
Six games: 30%
Seven games: 20%
Not sure: 26%

Q: What is your favorite professional sports league?

MLB: 30%
NFL: 25%
NBA: 10%
NHL: 8%
MLS: 2%
Other: 13%
Not sure: 12%