According to a recently polled national survey, many Canadians are against bringing an NFL team to Canada at the expense of the CFL.
The survey was conducted on November 19th-21st by Dr. Reginald Bibby, a sociologist working at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta. Bibby has been tracking national sports trends since 1990.
The survey tracked the opinions of 1,512 Canadians, asking respondents, “How do you feel about the NFL expanding into Canada?” and a variety of answers were recorded.
11% of those surveyed indicated they’d support the NFL in Canada even if it meant the CFL would die as a result, which was a 2% increase from the same survey taken in 1995.
16% of surveyees stated they do not want the NFL in Canada under any circumstances, increasing 3% from 1995.
18% of respondents said they’d support an NFL team in Canada only if the CFL could continue, increasing 7% from 1995.
55% of the people surveyed did not care one way or another, which has decreased 12% since 1995.
Additionally, Bibby’s survey took the opinions of various age groups, finding that the 18-34 year old demographic offered relatively strong support, contrary to the popular belief that the CFL does not have many younger fans.
17% of those in the 18-34 age demographic stated they’d support the NFL coming to Canada even if it meant the CFL died as a result.
18% of the 18-34 age demographic indicated they would only support the NFL in Canada if the CFL survives, increasing 6% from 1995.
Only 9% of young adults do not want to see the NFL in Canada at all, which dropped 2% from 1995.
It was also found that the province of Quebec is the least opposed to the NFL setting up shop in Canada, with only 8% of surveyees stating they do not want the NFL to expand up north. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Saskatchewan-Manitoba region had the highest opposition rate to the NFL setting up shop up north at 35%.
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