Home |  Politics |  Business |  Lifestyle |  Commentary |  Videos |  Econometric Data

Americans Would Rather Watch Sports on TV Than Live

More than half of Americans are avid sports fans, but most would rather enjoy sporting events in the comfort of their own home than in the stadium.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% of American Adults follow sports events in America at least somewhat closely, including 19% who follow Very Closely. Forty-three percent (43%) do not follow sports closely, including 17% who say they don’t follow sports at all. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

(Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Article continues below

Pt only You must be a Rasmussen Reports Reader or Platinum member to continue reading this article. Log in below or subscribe now for access to all of our site’s content and membership benefits, including in-depth poll results, exclusive trend data, historical data and more.


The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on July 18-19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

View non-mobile site