Gallup Poll Shows Massive Plummet in Americans’ Opinion of Sports Industry
A new Gallup poll found that Americans’ views of the sports industry plunged over the last year, from a +20 “net-positive” in 2019 to a -10 this year.
Just the News breaks down the poll as such:
The sports industry’s positive score in 2019 sat at 45%, but fell by a third to just 30% in 2020. Similarly, while 25% held a negative view in 2019, that number shot up to 40% in 2020.
The stark contrast is evident when examining the change in the net-positive scores, which are calculated by combining the positive and negative score into a single number. While the industry earned a +20 net-positive in 2019, the number sank to -10 net-positive this year.
Among political groups the largest decline in net-positive views came from Republicans, as the figure tumbled from +11 in 2019 to -35 in 2020. Independents’ views had a steep drop from +26 last year to -10 this year. Democrats’ views dropped slightly from a +16 net-positive in 2019 to +11 in 2020.
Among both white and non-white Americans, the net-positive views of the sports industry have taken a nosedive. The +51 net-positive view held by non-whites in 2019 shrank to just +16 this year. The +4 net-positive view of whites in 2019 fell to -22 this year.
The reasons for the industry’s collapse in public opinion are clear, but the obvious politicizing of sports is arguably the biggest one. The NBA playoff ratings this year, for example, are down 20% from last season’s.
Because who wouldn’t want to watch overpaid athletes tell fans how racist they are and how awful their country is?