Play Ball: What Your Sports Say About Your Politics
National Journal | Oct 26, 2012
Every four years, the seasons of big-time sports and major league politics overlap, beginning with the Summer Olympics and ending with a U.S. presidential election. As we show, the allegiances of American sports fans say a lot about their political leanings and likelihood of voting.
With the World Series underway and the presidential election just days away, fans of sports and politics are approaching the conclusion of an epic 100 days. In addition to the Olympics, we've had the Ryder Cup, the U.S. Open, the return of the NFL and college football, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. In politics, there has been a Vice Presidential selection contest, two national conventions, four televised debates, and the daily back-and-forth horse race of a hard-fought presidential contest.
On rare occasion, the sports and political interests of Americans compete with each other, as they did on the night of the final debate, when 18.8 million citizens chose the Lions-Bears or Giants-Cards over Romney-Obama.
But more often, sports, politics, and presidencies intersect.
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(Co-authored by Will Feltus, the Senior Vice President for media research and planning at National Media in Alexandria, Virginia.)