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Football Remains America’s Favorite Game, Despite Fan Reservations

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UMass Lowell’s Center for Public Opinion conducted a survey from Jan. 25 to 30, 2023, of 1,000 American adults about sports betting, as well as favorite sports and perceptions of popular athletes.

Key Findings

  • Football remains American’s favorite sport even though a majority are troubled by hits sustained by players during the game (52%) and more than two-thirds (68%) believe those injuries cause long-term health problems for players.
  • Respondents were also concerned with players’ behavior off the field with more than four in 10 reporting domestic violence committed by athletes and other violent crimes as major problems.
  • Tied at 31%, respondents equally favor and disfavor sports betting while just 15% report placing a bet on a sporting event in the last five years.