Football is the number 1 sport in the U.S.

The favorite sport in the U.S. is professional football according to a Harris Poll asking those to name their favorite sport. 35% chose professional football, compared with 31% a year ago. Coming in a distant second at 16% is professional baseball, followed by college football at 12%.

The top 10 favorite sports:

1. Professional football, 35%

2. Professional baseball, 16%

3. College football, 12%

4. Auto racing, including NASCAR, 9%

5. Men’s professional basketball, 5%

6. Hockey and men’s golf, 4% (tie)

7. Men’s college basketball, 3%

8. Men’s soccer, boxing and horse racing, 2% (tie)

Since the Harris Poll began asking this question in 1985, professional football has always been number one, but it is even more popular today. In 1985, 24% said it was their favorite, compared with 35% today. College football is particularly popular among recent college graduates aged 25 to 29.

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