Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone and online July 29 to Aug 29, 2011, among a random sample of 1,010 adult residents of the Washington metro area. The poll was conducted by randomly sampling addresses tracked by the U.S. Postal Service and contacting respondents via mail and/or telephone to complete the survey. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa. Washington area defined as the District of Columbia, Charles, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties in the state of Maryland and Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Loudoun, Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Do you think things in the Washington area (are generally going in the right direction) or do you feel things (have gotten pretty seriously off on the wrong track)?

            Right     Wrong     No 
          direction   track   opinion  
8/29/11      36        54       10
3/29/10      51        33       17

Questions 2 through 4 previously released.

On another subject…

5. 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
8/29/11    83     19       26       38         17         *

Compare to: National
10/16/11   75     19       19       37         25         *

6. (IF SPORTS FAN) Would you say you’re more a fan of (professional sports) or (college sports), or about the same equally?

          Professional   College   The same     No 
             sports      sports    equally    opinion
8/29/11        55          10         35         *

7. Now thinking specifically about different sports, for each of the following would you say you care a great deal about it, care somewhat, just a little or not at all? How about (INSERT) do you care about it, a great deal, somewhat, just a little or not at all? And what about (INSERT)?

8/29/11 – summary table
                                 ------- Care --------   ----- Don’t care ------   No
                                 NET Grt.deal Somewhat   NET Just a little  None   op.
a. The National Football 
   League (NFL)                  60     33        28     40      19         20      0
b. The National Basketball 
   Association (NBA)             31     13        18     69      26         43      0
c. The National Hockey 
   League (NHL)                  26      9        18     74       18         55     0
d. Professional Soccer           22      9        14     77       20         57     *
e. Major League Baseball (MLB)   32     13        19     68       30         38     0
f. College football              39     17        22     61       19         42     *
g. College basketball            34     14        20     66       20         46     *

Among sports fans:
                                 ------- Care --------   ----- Don’t care ------   No
                                 NET Grt.deal Somewhat   NET Just a little  None   op.
a. The National Football 
   League (NFL)                  71     39        32     29       20          9     0
b. The National Basketball 
   Association (NBA)             37     16        21     63       28         36     0
c. The National Hockey 
   League (NHL)                  31     10        20     69       21         48     0
d. Professional Soccer           26     10        16     74       22         52     *
e. Major League Baseball (MLB)   37     15        22     63       33         31     0
f. College football              46     20        25     54       22         33     0
g. College basketball            39     16        23     61       22         38     *

8a. (IF FOOTBALL FAN) What is your favorite NFL team?

                     8/29/11 
Washington Redskins    48
Baltimore Ravens        6
Dallas Cowboys          6
New England Patriots    5
Pittsburgh Steelers     5
Philadelphia Eagles     3
New York Giants         2
Indianapolis Colts      2 
Green Bay Packers       1
Chicago Bears           1
Other                  12
None                   10
No opinion              *
 

8b. (IF BASKETBALL FAN) What is your favorite NBA team?

                     8/29/11 
Washington Wizards     29
Los Angeles Lakers     14
Boston Celtics          9
Miami Heat              7
Chicago Bulls           4
San Antonio Spurs       3
Washington Mystics      1
Dallas Mavericks        3
Philadelphia 76ers      1
Oklahoma City Thunder   1
New York Knicks         1
Detroit Pistons         1
Utah Jazz               1
Other                   6
None                   18
No opinion              1

8c. (IF HOCKEY FAN) What is your favorite NHL team?

                    8/29/11 
Washington Capitals   72
Pittsburgh Penguins    5
Boston Bruins          2
Detroit Red Wings      2
Philadelphia Flyers    2
Buffalo Sabers         1
Other                  8 
None                   8
No opinion             1

8d. (IF SOCCER FAN) What is your favorite professional soccer team?

 
                          8/29/11 
DC United                   42
Chicago Fire                 9
U.S. men’s national team     8
U.S. women’s national team   4
Other                       18
None                        20
No opinion                   *

8e. (IF BASEBALL FAN) What is your favorite Major League Baseball team?

                          8/29/11 
Washington Nationals        36
Baltimore Orioles           15
New York Yankees             8
Boston Red Sox               8
Philadelphia Phillies        2
Texas Rangers                2 
Chicago Cubs                 2
Cincinnati Reds              2
Atlanta Braves               2
Chicago White Sox            1
Pittsburgh Pirates           1
Detroit Tigers               1
St Louis Cardinals           1 
Los Angeles Dodgers          1
Seattle Mariners             1
Cleveland Indians            1
Other                        6
None                        10
No opinion                   1

9. (IF SPORTS FAN) Thinking about how you typically follow your favorite professional sports teams and players, how much news and information do you get from [ITEM], would you say: a great deal, a good amount, just some or hardly any? And how about [INSERT]

8/29/11 – summary table

                     -- Great deal/good amt. --   --- Just some/hardly any ---    No
                     NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Just some   Hardly any   opin.
a. Television        69       40         29       31        22           9         * 
b. The radio         28       11         17       72        34          38         *
c. Print newspaper   37       14         24       63        27          35         *
d. The Internet      55       32         23       45        23          22         *

10. (IF NEWS FROM INTERNET) When you follow your favorite teams and players on the Internet, how much news and information do you typically get from [ITEM]: a great deal, a good amount, just some or hardly any?

8/29/11 – summary table

                       -- Great deal/good amt. --   --- Just some/hardly any ---   No
                       NET   Grt.deal   Good amt.   NET   Just some   Hardly any   op.
a. Fan blogs or 
   message boards      10        3          7       90        16           74       0 
b. Newspaper websites  42       18         24       58        32           26       0
c. Magazine or TV 
   websites such as 
   ESPN or Sports 
   Illustrated         51       25         25       49        22           27       *
d. Team websites       34       16         18       66        25           40       1
e. Social networking 
   sites, such as 
   Facebook or Twitter 20       9          10       80        17           63       0

11. (IF NEWS FROM INTERNET) How often, if ever, do you use the Internet to post comments about the professional sports or players you follow — frequently, sometimes, rarely or never?

          ----------- Often ----------   ---- Not often -----     No
          NET   Frequently   Sometimes   NET   Rarely   Never   opinion
8/29/11   18         6           12      82      24       58       0

12. For each of the following, please tell me if you have or have not done this in the past year. First, have you [ITEM], or not? Next, have you …

8/29/11 – summary table
                                             Yes   No   No opinion
a. Purchased a team jersey hat or other 
   item with a team logo                     44    56       0
b. Paid for a sports magazine, either in 
   print or online                           15    85       *
c. Bought a sports themed video game         16    84       *
d. Placed a bet on a sporting event          13    87       0
e. Participated in a fantasy sports league   13    87       * 

13. (IF PLAYS FANTASY FOOTBALL) Which gives you more personal satisfaction, a win by your favorite professional team OR a win by your fantasy team?

          Win by favorite pro team   Win by fantasy team   No opinion
8/29/11              89                       11               *

Compare to: National Pew Research Center
3/7/06               66                       29               5

14. (IF BET ON SPORTS) Which gives you more personal satisfaction, a win by your favorite professional team OR winning a sports bet?

          Win by favorite pro team   Winning a sports bet   Equally Satisfying
8/29/11              66                       27                   7

15. (IF SPORTS FAN) Overall, how would you rate D.C. as a sports town, that is, compared with other cities, would you say Washington is one of the best sports cities in the nation, above average, average, below average or one of the worst?

          ------- Above Average -----              ---- Below Average -----     No 
          NET  One of best  Above avg.   Average   NET  Below  One of worst   opinion
8/29/11   39       12           27         42       18    14         3           1

16. (IF SPORTS FAN) What do you think is the best sports city in the country?

                DC area   National   
                8/29/11   10/16/11   
New York          21         16      
Boston            14          6      
Washington D.C.   11          1      
Pittsburgh         8          5      
Philadelphia       6          2      
Dallas             5          7      
Chicago            4          7      
Los Angeles        4          4      
Baltimore          2          *      
Atlanta            1          2      
Miami              1          1      
Detroit            *          4      
Green Bay          *          3      
St. Louis          *          3      
San Francisco      *          2      
Baton Rouge        *          1      
Buffalo            *          1      
Charlotte          *          1      
Cleveland          *          1      
Denver             *          1      
Gainesville        *          1      
Houston            *          1      
Indianapolis       *          1      
Lexington          *          1      
Minneapolis        *          1      
New Orleans        *          1      
Seattle            *          1      
Tampa Bay          *          1      
Tuscaloosa         *          1	
Other              5          8      
No opinion        16         17      

Thinking specifically about professional sports in the Washington area…

17. (IF SPORTS FAN) Overall would you say you have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable impression of [TEAM], or do you not know enough about this team to say?

8/29/11 – summary table

                 ----- Favorable -----   --- Unfavorable ---   Don’t know    No
                 NET   Strgly.   Smwh.   NET   Smwh.   Stgly.   abt.team   opinion
a. Capitals      61      30       31      3      3        1        35         1
b. D.C. United   43      11       32      5      3        1        52         1
c. Nationals     61      18       42     12     10        2        27         *
d. Redskins      55      24       31     34     20       14        10         *
e. Wizards       44      10       34     26     16       10        30         *

18. (IF SPORTS FAN) Which sport, if any, do you watch or follow the most – (football), (baseball), (basketball), (hockey), (soccer), (tennis), (golf), or something else?

                 8/29/11 
Football           56
Basketball         10
Baseball           10
Soccer              7
Hockey              5
Tennis              4
Golf                3
Something else      6
No opinion          *

19. (IF SPORTS FAN) In a typical week, how many hours do you spend watching sports programming on television? (OPEN END)

          Under 1   1-2   3-4   5-10   10+   No opinion    Average
8/29/11     12      29    25    17     15        1        4.9 hours

20. In the past year, how many, if any, professional sports events have you attended? (OPEN END)

          None   1-2   3-4   5-10   10+   No opinion     Average
8/29/11    53    21    13     9     5        *         2.15 events

21. (IF ATTENDED EVENT) Do you typically go to games with friends, family, business associates, by yourself or some other way?

                      8/29/11      
Friends                 53
Family                  41
Business associates      2
By yourself              2
Other                    1
None                     0
No Opinion               1

22. (IF SPORTS FAN) What’s your favorite sport to watch live in person – (football), (baseball), (basketball), (hockey), (soccer), (tennis), (golf), or some other sport?

             8/29/11      
Football       36
Baseball       15
Basketball     14
Hockey         10
Soccer          9
Tennis          4
Golf            2
Auto Racing     2
Other           3
None            6
No opinion      *

23. If you had your choice, when it comes to experiencing professional sporting events, would you say you prefer to (watch on television) or (attend in person at the stadium or arena)?

          Watch on TV   Attend in person   Don’t watch (vol.)   No opinion
8/29/11        50              47                  3                 *

24. (IF PREFERS TV) I’m going to read some reasons people give for preferring to watch games on television. After I read each one, please tell me if it is a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason you prefer to watch games on TV. First, [INSERT], is that a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason?

8/29/11 – summary table

                     -------------- Yes --------------
                     NET   Major reason   Minor reason   Not a reason   No opinion
a. Easier to see     83         64             18             17             * 
b. Ticket prices     81         65             16             19             *
c. Travel time       77         48             29             23             1 
d. Food              49         24             24             51             *
e. Overall comfort   85         62             23             14             1 
f. Bathrooms         53         25             28             47             *
g. Obnoxious fans    61         31             30             38             * 

25. (IF PREFERS LIVE) I’m going to read some reasons people give for preferring live sporting events. After I read each one, please tell me if it is a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason you prefer live sporting events. First, [INSERT], is that a major reason, a minor reason or not a reason?

8/29/11 – summary table

                            -------------- Yes --------------   Not a      No           
                            NET   Major reason   Minor reason   reason   opinion
a. Full view of game        92        60              31           8        * 
b. Enthusiastic fans        82        51              31          18        *        
c. Tailgating               46        15              30          54        *
d. Souvenirs                31         6              25          69        0 
e. Feeling like part 
   of the team              71        39              33          29        * 
f. Business relationships   29        10              19          71        0 
g. Hanging with friends     89        59              30          11        * 

26. (IF ATTENDED EVENT) When you attend games do you mostly pay for the tickets yourself, or does someone else typically pay or both about equally?

         Pay for tickets   Someone else pays   Both equally   No opinion    
8/29/11         48                 17              35             *

27. (IF SPORTS FAN) Would you say you attend professional sporting events these days more often than you used to, less often or has the number of games not changed much over the years?

          More often   Less often   Not changed   No opinion
8/29/11       13           49            38          *

28. (IF SPORTS FAN) Thinking about the past 10 years, what is your impression of going to see live sporting events, has the experience improved, gotten worse or has it not changed much?

          Improved   Gotten worse   Not changed   No opinion
8/29/11      21           25             52           2

28a. (IF GOTTEN WORSE) Why has the experience gotten worse? Why else?

                                                      8/29/11
COST-RELATED (NET)                                      56
 Cost/it's too expensive                                29
 Ticket costs                                           24
 Parking costs                                           5
 Cost of the concessions/food                           10
 Other cost-related                                      2
FANS (NET)                                              28
 Rude/unruly/obnoxious fans                             26
 Drunken fans                                            5
 Other fans                                              *
TRAFFIC/PARKING (NET)                                   11
 Traffic/difficult/time consuming to get in and out      7
 Parking issues/difficult parking                        7
GAME EXPERIENCE (NET)                                    7
 Poor team performance                                   2
 Too many commercial breaks/TV time outs                 *
 Visibility                                              2
 Other game experience                                   2
STADIUM-RELATED (NET)                                   10
 Uncomfortable seats                                     3
 The music/loud music playing when game is not           2
 The stadium itself/outdated                             1
 The food is not good                                    2
 The location of the stadium                             1
 Other stadium related                                   2
PERSONNEL-RELATED (NET)                                  6
 Player issues/high salaries/players don't care/drugs    3
 Owner(s)/management issues/only care about money        1
 Other personnel-related                                 2
Crowds/too crowded/too much congestion                  14
Quality of the experience has gone down                  2
Too much hassle overall                                  1
Travel to get there/difficult/time consuming             9
Easier/more enjoyable/comfortable to watch at home       2
Other                                                    8
No opinion                                               1

Thinking again about D.C. sports…

29. (IF SPORTS FAN) Overall, do you have a strongly favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or strongly unfavorable impression of [INSERT], or do you not know enough about this person to say?

8/29/11 – summary table

                       ---- Favorable ----   --- Unfavorable ---   Don’t know    No
                       NET  Strgly.  Smwh.   NET  Smwh.  Strgly.     enough     opin.
a. Dan Snyder          20      5      15     54    20      35          26         *
b. Ted Leonsis         41     20      21      4     4       *          55         *
c. Ted Lerner          27      5      22      9     6       3          64         *
d. John Wall           33     10      22      4     4       1          62         1
e. Stephen Strasburg   47     21      26      4     3       1          49         *
f. Alex Ovechkin       55     30      25      2     2       1          43         *
g. Mike Shanahan       48     12      36     25    15      10          27         *

30. Based on your experience, how would you rate the following venues – First, [INSERT], would you rate it as excellent, good, not so good or poor or have you never been to that venue. How about [INSERT]

8/29/11 – summary table

                          ----- Positive -----   ------ Negative ------   Never   No
                          NET  Excellent  Good   NET  Not so good  Poor   been    op.
a. FedEx Field where 
   the Redskins play      39      12       27     15      10        5     46      *
b. Verizon Center 
   where the Capitals 
   and Wizards play       61      21       40      6       5        *     33      1
c. Nationals Park where   
   the National play      49      25       24      2       2        *     49      *
d. RFK Stadium where 
   D.C. United plays      34       6       28     25      16        9     40      2

31. (IF SPORTS FAN) Who would you name as the greatest sports figure in D.C. history?

                    8/29/11
FOOTBALL (NET)        43   
 Joe Gibbs             9 
 John Riggins          8
 Sonny Jurgenson       6
 Joe Theismann         5
 Darrell Green         5
 Doug Williams         3
 Art Monk              2
 Sammy Baugh           1
 Donovan McNabb        1
BASEBALL (NET)         5
 Walter Johnson        2
 Cal Ripken            1
 Frank Howard          1
HOCKEY (NET)           7
 Alexander Ovechkin    6
BASKETBALL (NET)       7
 Michael Jordan        2
 Wes Unseld            1
 Larry Brown           1
 Moses Malone          1
 Elgin Baylor          1
Other                  8 
No opinion            31 

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