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Old 01-15-2011, 08:47 PM
 
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I heard from an American that soccer fans in the USA generally tend to be from the cosmopolitan coastal cities like LA or NY or Seattle that have a international influence and tend to be liberal. Also they tend to be more educated than the average NFL/MLB/Nascar fan and have a passport.

On the other hand the average NFL or baseball fan tends to be conservative, patriotic and from the middle states. They also tend to be in that 84% of America that doesn't own a passport.

Any truth to this?
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:33 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I think the popularity in Seattle has a lot more to do with the international
diversity of the younger employees at Microsoft. Same for San Francisco
(Silicone Valley).

The entire Sounders season has been sold out too years in a row. The fans are very enthusiastic, like in other countries, but about 85% of them are under 35. Oh, and the team is sponsored by Xbox. Fans this age did grow up playing soccer. Those above about 40 rarely played youth soccer and were never exposed to it on TV or at a professional or college level. They did grow up with football, so it's natural for them to resist having a sport foreign to them pushed in their face.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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I heard from an American that soccer fans in the USA generally tend to be from the cosmopolitan coastal cities like LA or NY or Seattle that have a international influence and tend to be liberal. Also they tend to be more educated than the average NFL/MLB/Nascar fan and have a passport.

On the other hand the average NFL or baseball fan tends to be conservative, patriotic and from the middle states. They also tend to be in that 84% of America that doesn't own a passport.

Any truth to this?
I don't know. I love soccer and baseball, but I also live in a rural area.

One thing I have noticed, those that hate soccer and are always complaining about it, tend to be more RW...
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:01 PM
 
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Soccer fans in the United States do tend to lean to the left. They also tend to be young (avg. age of world cup viewers was 37), educated and fairly well off. NHL fans tend to be very well off and highly educated as well. Baseball and football fans tend to be less educated, poorer, and blue collar types.

Here is an interesting article about sports fans and political affiliations...

http://friskaliberal.wordpress.com/2...ly-republican/
http://hotlineoncall.nationaljournal.com/archives/Sports-Stats_900.php (broken link)
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I am an avid supporter of soccer and am very involved with Sporting Kansas City and are at the very least an acquitence or have knowledge of dozens of avid supporters and I would say that many of them lean left but there are conservative supporters as well.

Studies have shown that supporters tend to be highly educated as well.

Our small tailgating group that goes to games together has about 25 people. We have 2 doctors, a lawyer, 4 high school teachers, and there are about 6 of use that work in financial services. Then, we have several blue collar people as well. I would say that 80% of us have a college degree. Most of the people outside of our group that I know have degrees and professional jobs as well.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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its weird, id say soccer was for the blue collar 'average' person here in britain and say rugby and cricket fans tend to be more well off (although rugby has a good amount of 'blue collar fans' also)
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I heard from an American that soccer fans in the USA generally tend to be from the cosmopolitan coastal cities like LA or NY or Seattle that have a international influence and tend to be liberal. Also they tend to be more educated than the average NFL/MLB/Nascar fan and have a passport.

On the other hand the average NFL or baseball fan tends to be conservative, patriotic and from the middle states. They also tend to be in that 84% of America that doesn't own a passport.

Any truth to this?
I beleive all of this is true broadly speaking. My only exception might be on the NFL which has become so popular, even the rats and pigeons follow.

The negative US soccer fans (the haters), as in soccer, as in energy, climate matters, immigration, healthcare, etc., are old fashioned rural or suburban (mostly) white folks that see soccer and globalization as a threat to their way of life. They are usually Conservative Republicans and eventually they will die out.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:34 AM
 
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Yea, I think odds are you'd find that if it's an older white male right winger, he'll more be likely bash soccer. The tone behind how they denounce the sport is more of "it's not American," from what I've observed. I can't say that for all, I know a lot of white republicans in their twenties that are huge fans of the sport. Then again, you'll see a lot of black male football players bashing it too. But then you have guys like Ocho Cinco and Kobe that are huge fans of it. So I guess it's hard to say, but I think the connection for "haters" is that they didn't grow up with it and never truly participated in the sport, so it's a threat to what they know.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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yeah i found this interview with kobe bryant i didn't no he lived in italy

AC Milan fan Kobe Bryant reveals his love of soccer - CNN.com
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Old 04-23-2011, 09:52 PM
 
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I'm a white male, and tend to lean Right in the political spectrum and soccer is my favorite sport. Why does one have to fit in some "niche" to love the game?
They say a sport will never become popular in America unless it becomes popular with its poorer citizens, perhaps that is what is needed to gain popularity here. Promote/teach the sport to children in our poorer neighborhoods, all you need is a ball 2 legs and 2 feet, absoultly no reason this should be a sport for only higher income suburban neighborhoods.
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