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America Loves Football Even More Than You Realize

It's no secret that Americans love their football. TV ratings will tell you that the NFL is easily the most popular sport. However, a recent Harris poll released by the NFL will still probably surprise you and football's lead is growing. 36% of people polled, better than a 3rd of the country, say that the NFL is their favorite sport. That number is up from 31% last year and the growth seems to come directly at baseball's expense. 17% of people reported that baseball was their favorite sport last year, but its down to 13% this year.

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When you factor in that college football is now tied with baseball at 13%, it means that nearly half of all Americans see football of some kind as their favorite sport.

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Here's the full ranking of American's favorite sports according to the Harris Poll.

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RANK

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SPORT

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PERCENT

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1

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Pro Football

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36

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2

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Baseball

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13

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3

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College Football

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13

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4

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Auto Racing

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8

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T5

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Men’s Pro Basketball, Men’s College Basketball, Hockey

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5

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