Washington Post Poll

This poll was conducted for The Washington Post by telephone January 3 to 6, 2013, among a random national sample of 1,003 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Fieldwork by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) of Princeton, NJ.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. In general, would you describe yourself as an avid sports fan, a regular fan, a casual fan or not a fan at all?

           --------- Sports fan --------   Not a fan     No
           NET   Avid   Regular   Casual     at all    opinion
1/6/13     76     20       19       37         24         *
10/16/11   75     19       19       37         25         *

2. When you see or hear about a professional athlete playing at a high level or breaking a record in their sport, how often, if at all do you wonder whether he or she is using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs – very often, somewhat often, rarely or never?

         ------- Often -------   --- Rarely/Never ---      Don’t         No     
         NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Rarely   Never   watch (vol.)   opinion
1/6/13   24      7       17      75      32      44          *            1

3. How much, if at all, does the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs by professional athletes bother you – a lot, some, not much or not at all?

         --- A lot/some ---   ----- Not much/at all -----     No   
         NET   A lot   Some   NET   Not much   Not at all   opinion
1/6/13   52     30      22    47       20          27          1

4. Thinking specifically about Major League Baseball, do you think the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by professional baseball players is a problem, or not? IF YES: Is it a widespread problem, or a problem but not widespread?

           ------------ Problem ------------    Not a      No
           NET   Widespread   Not widespread   problem   opinion
1/6/13     53        26              27           32       15
7/19/06*   79        50              29           14        7

5. Do you think such athletes (IF NECESSARY: professional baseball players who are found to have broken the sport's rules by using performance enhancing drugs) should or should not be eligible for membership in the baseball Hall of Fame?

           Should   Should not   No opinion
1/6/13       24         68            8
3/15/05*     28         66            5

6. From what you have heard or read, do you think Lance Armstrong should or should not get credit for his career cycling accomplishments?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
1/6/13      45         37           18


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