Among MLB fans, the Dodgers are slightly favored to win the World Series

As fall gets underway, we look at which baseball teams fans of the MLB feel will win the World Series.

The author(s)

  • Sarah Feldman Senior Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs
  • Catherine Morris Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs
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October 12- As fall gets underway, we look at which baseball teams fans of the MLB feel will win the World Series. Beyond baseball, we explore the relationship and experience Americans have with sports more generally.

Then, we get into who Americans feel the next James Bond should be (if they have an opinion at all on the topic).

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Bond, James Bond:

Dodgers have slight edge in fan support for winning the World Series

With Major League Baseball’s playoff season beginning and the World Series coming into focus at the end of the month, 15% of MLB fans feel the Los Angeles Dodgers could win the World Series.

Right now, Ipsos polling indicates that thirty percent of Americans consider themselves to be fans of baseball. Among those people, the West Coast teams inspire the most hope this year. In addition to favoring the Dodgers, another one in ten baseball fans also feels the San Francisco Giants could win it all. From there, support drops off significantly, with the subsequent teams winning only single-digit backing from baseball fans.

Among people who aren’t baseball fans, few have any idea who may win.

Americans are most likely to have played baseball and basketball

If they have played a sport, Americans are most likely to have played baseball and basketball at some point in their life.

Largely, Americans play baseball or basketball in grade school. Following college, many drop organized sports all together. The one exception to this rule is golf. More people play golf now than when they were in school.

Americans have the most personal experience with basketball, baseball, and volleyball

Many Americans have at least passing experience playing popular sports. However, women are less likely than men to have personally played most of the most popular.

For instance, in the case of football, just under half of all men (46%) have played football at some point in their lives, as compared to 10% of women. By contrast, women are more likely to have played volleyball (48%) than men (38%).

Though, some of these difference dissipate when it comes to less popular sports, like rugby, water polo, and hockey.

Football is America’s favorite sport

Football has a clear edge as the preferred sport of a plurality of Americans. One in four say it is their favorite sport, followed by sports like basketball (7%), baseball (7%), and soccer (4%). However, Americans’ sports preferences vary somewhat across generations. Football is more strongly favored among Gen X’ers and baby boomers.

By contrast, Gen Z’ers are much less likely to report that football is their favorite sport. Overall, Gen Z’s favorite sport is more diffuse, backing sports like soccer, hockey, or volleyball more than boomers.

Most people don’t know who the next 007 should be

When asked who the next James Bond should be, about three in five Americans say they don’t know, pointing to the open space there is in imagining who could take-up the decades long movie mantel following the exit of Daniel Craig from the role.

Idris Elba is the stand-out favorite among people who have an opinion. In particular, one in three Black Americans feel that Idris Elba should be the new James Bond, while about one in ten white and Latinx respondents agree.

Perhaps one reason Elba is getting more considerations for the James Bond role among the public is his prevalence on the internet. Analyzing Google Search Trends over the past month shows how he gets twice as much interest on Google than the next most searched star rumored to be linked to the franchise, Tom Hardy.

The author(s)

  • Sarah Feldman Senior Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs
  • Catherine Morris Data Journalist, US, Public Affairs

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