Despite a recent decline, football remains Americans’ favorite sport.
Gallup has been asking Americans for 80 years the question, “What is your favorite sport to follow?” In the most recent poll, conducted last month, football was on top with 37 percent. Football has been on top every time Gallup has conducted that poll for half a century.
Basketball is now in second place, at 11 percent, followed by baseball at 9 percent and soccer at 7 percent. Given the poll’s 5 percent margin of error, those three sports could all be viewed as a tie for second place. Hockey is at 4 percent, auto racing and tennis each at 2 percent and no other sport got more than 1 percent.