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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Poll watcher: Sports fandom diverse, thumbs down on electoral college and Obama’s approval ratings

What type of sports fan are you? That’s what a new Washington Post poll of D.C. area residents sought to find out, and the results reveal a fascinating landscape of fandom in the nation’s capital. After answering a series of questions on interest, behavior and attitudes about sports and D.C. teams, respondents were sorted into four distinct groups using statistical analysis, creating a typology of sports fans (infographic).

The most committed “Megafans” are mostly men, buy lots of sports merchandise, attend many games per year and – most distinctly – are devotees of fantasy sports leagues. The older and more traditional “Hometown fans” are D.C. loyalists, holding some of the most positive views of the Redskins and Wizards. “Social fans” prefer live action to the living room and see sports mainly as a social function, and “drive-by” fans claim to be sports fans but commit very little of their time and energy to following sports.

Find out what type of sports fan you are by taking the sports fan quiz, and join the competition to be named D.C.’s greatest sports fan. Read articles and the full poll results at the sports poll page.

Americans snub Electoral College –Americans say by a 62 to 35 percent margin that U.S. presidents should be elected based on a national popular vote rather than by the Electoral College system currently in place, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. It’s not a new phenomenon – Majorities favored a popular vote election in polls dating back to the 1960s, and support for the current regime spiked to 37 percent in the wake of George W. Bush’s 2000 election despite losing the popular vote to Al Gore. At that point, there was a 34 point partisan gap in support for the popular vote between Democrats and Republicans (75 and 41 percent preferring popular election, respectively). The difference has shrunk since then to an 18 point difference in the new poll, with a 53 percent majority of Republicans now backing the system.

Week in Obama approval  - President Obama’s approval rating stands at 42 percent according to Gallup’s tracking poll with interviews as recent as Sunday night; Obama  stood at 38 percent one week ago and climbed as high as 44 percent late last week. Obama earned a higher 46 percent approval rating in two national polls released last week by the Associated Press/GfK and CNN/ORC.

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Categories:  Barack Obama, D.C., Voting

 
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