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Trend: In general, would you describe yourself as a sports fan, or not?

Recent trend: What is your favorite sport to watch?

Full trend among leading sports: What is your favorite sport to watch?

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional baseball

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional football

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. College football

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional basketball

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. College basketball

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional ice hockey

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Auto racing

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional soccer

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Olympic sports

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional golf

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional tennis

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Figure skating

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Professional wrestling

For each of the following, please say whether you are a fan of that sport or not. Horse racing

(Asked of sports fans) We'd like to know your views on how widespread the use of performance enhancing drugs is in various professional sports. Just your best guess, how many athletes in -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- use performance-enhancing drugs -- all or almost all, most, some, only a few, or none?

2007 Jun 1-3
(sorted by "all or almost all/most")

All or
almost all

Most

Some

Only
a few

None

No
opin-
ion

All/
Most

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Professional football

7

26

45

18

2

2

33

Professional baseball

7

20

46

24

1

2

27

Track and field

5

16

45

25

5

4

21

Professional cycling

6

14

37

31

5

7

20

Professional basketball

4

12

43

32

5

3

16

Swimming

3

6

37

34

10

10

9

(Asked of sports fans) Do you think each of the following sports is doing enough -- or not doing enough -- to deal with the use of performance enhancing drugs by its athletes? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2007 Jun 1-3
(sorted by "doing enough")

Doing enough

Not doing enough

No
opinion

%

%

%

Swimming

51

31

18

Professional cycling

48

42

10

Track and field

45

43

12

Professional basketball

45

48

6

Professional football

33

63

4

Professional baseball

30

67

3

In your opinion, who is currently the greatest male athlete in sports today? [OPEN-ENDED]

2005 Jul 25-28

%

Lance Armstrong

41

Tiger Woods

10

Michael Jordan

3

Shaquille O'Neal

1

Peyton Manning

1

Michael Vick

1

Brett Favre

1

Albert Pujols

1

Barry Bonds

*

Other

16

None

*

No opinion

25

* Less than 0.5%

In your opinion, who is currently the greatest female athlete in sports today? [OPEN-ENDED]

2005 Jul 25-28

%

Serena Williams

9

Venus Williams

9

"Williams sisters"

6

Annika Sorenstam

7

Michelle Wie

3

Mia Hamm

2

Sheryl Swoopes

1

Danica Patrick

1

Anna Kournikova

1

Maria Sharapova

1

Lindsay Davenport

1

Lisa Leslie

1

Jackie-Joyner Kersee

1

Michelle Kwan

*

Other

9

None

*

No opinion

48

BASKETBALL

Would you like to see the NCAA -- [ROTATED: increase the number of teams that qualify for the men's NCAA basketball tournament, keep the number of teams the same, or reduce the number of teams that qualify for the men's NCAA basketball tournament]?

[ASKED OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL FANS]

Increase

Keep
the same

Reduce

No
opinion

2006 Apr 7-9

20%

72

4

4

Do you think the NBA should have an age restriction requiring players to be at least twenty years of age, or do you think there should be no age limit?

Yes, restriction

No, no restriction

No opinion

National adults

2002 Jun 21-23

43%

51

6

1999 Jun 25-27

50%

44

6

Basketball fans

2002 Jun 21-23

43%

55

2

GOLF

Next, how closely are you following the news about golfer Tiger Woods' recent car crash and allegations that he was having extramarital affairs -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

2009 Dec 11-13

Very
closely

Some-
what
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

National adults

14

30

32

24

1

Golf fans

22

38

26

13

2

Please say whether each of the following does or does not describe your reaction to the recent news about Tiger Woods. How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2009 Dec 11-13

Describes

Does not
describe

No opinion

%

%

%

A. Shocked

National adults

36

63

1

Golf fans

45

55

*

B. Disappointed

National adults

61

36

3

Golf fans

67

30

3

* Less than 0.5%

Looking ahead, do you think you will be less likely to watch golf tournaments Tiger Woods is playing than you were in the past, or not?

2009 Dec 11-13

Less likely

Not less likely

No opinion

%

%

%

National adults

16

77

7

Golf fans

18

81

1

If a company uses Tiger Woods to endorse its product in the future, how would that affect your opinion of that company -- would it make you -- [ROTATED: more favorable, would it not affect your opinion either way, (or would it make you) less favorable] -- toward that company?

2009 Dec 11-13

More
favorable

Not affect
opinion

Less
favorable

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

National adults

3

77

19

1

Golf fans

4

76

19

1

Do you think Tiger Woods should or should not publicly answer questions about the recent car crash and allegations of extramarital affairs?

2009 Dec 11-13

Should
answer

Should not
answer

No
opinion

%

%

%

National adults ^

24

72

5

Golf fans ^

28

69

3

^ Asked of a half sample

In general, do you think the news media should or should not report stories about a famous person having an extramarital affair?

2009 Dec 11-13

Should
report

Should not
report

No
opinion

%

%

%

National adults ^

34

62

4

Golf fans ^

41

59

1

^ Asked of a half sample

As you may know, there are reports that Tiger Woods is considering retiring from playing professional golf. Would you like to see Tiger Woods -- [ROTATED: keep playing professional golf (or) retire from professional golf]?

2009 Dec 11-13

Keep playing

Retire

No opinion

%

%

%

National adults

68

15

17

Golf fans

83

9

8

(Asked of professional golf fans) Are you, personally, familiar with the new FedEx Cup Playoff system on the PGA tour, or not?

Yes, familiar

No, not

No opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

43%

56

1

(Asked of professional golf fans) Are you, personally, familiar with the new FedEx Cup Playoff system on the PGA tour, or not?

Yes, familiar

No, not

No opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

43%

56

1

(Asked of professional golf fans) Next, we are interested in how the new FedEx Cup Playoff system will affect golf fans' interest in the PGA tour. Does the new playoff system -- [ROTATED: make the PGA tour more interesting to you, does it make no difference, or does it make the PGA tour less interesting to you]?

More
interesting

No
difference

Less
interesting

No
opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

20%

61

5

14

(Asked of professional golf fans) In general, would you say you do -- or do not -- understand how the new FedEx Cup Playoff system works?

Yes, do

No, do not

No opinion

2007 Sep 7-8

32%

64

5

(Asked of golf fans) As you may know, tournaments such as the Ryder Cup pit a team of professional golfers from the U.S. against an international team. Just your best guess, how important do you think it is to U.S. golf team members that the U.S. wins these tournaments -- very important, somewhat important, not too important, or not important at all?

Very
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not
important
at all

No
opinion

2006 Sep 15-17

49%

33

12

4

1

Have you ever played golf?

Yes, have

No, have not

No opinion

2006 Jan 6-8

43%

57

*

1995 Oct 13-16 ^

41%

59

--

^ Gallup/CNN/IBM/US News and World Report poll

Have you, personally, become more interested in golf since Tiger Woods joined the professional golf tour, have you become less interested, or has your interest in golf not changed?

More interested

Less interested

No
change

No
opinion

2006 Jan 6-8

18%

5

76

1

Who do you think is the better golfer -- [ROTATED: Tiger Woods today (or) Jack Nicklaus in his prime]?

Tiger
Woods
today

Jack
Nicklaus
in his prime

SAME
(vol.)

No
opinion

2001 Jun 8-10

69

19

3

9

2000 Mar 30-Apr 2

40

41

2

17

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