Friday, August 05, 2016
Interest In The Olympics Is Down This Year In The U.S.
The Olympic Games will officially start today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The opening ceremonies should be spectacular. The Brazilians know how to throw a party (as they show with their Carnivale each year). Then the world's greatest athletes will compete in beautiful surroundings and what looks to be great weather.
That's why I was more than a bit surprised to see the results of this Gallup Poll -- done between July 13th and 17th of a random national sample of 1,023 adults, with a margin of error of 4 points.
It seems that Americans are less interested in watching the Olympics this year. For the first time since Gallup has done this polling, there is less than 50% of the population saying they will watch a "great deal" or "fair amount" of the Olympics. And that is true of both genders.