Liberals are more interested in soccer and the World Cup than conservatives.
A recent poll by YouGov confirms Ann Coulter’s belief that World Cup viewers tend to be more liberal. The poll found that “24% of liberals say they follow soccer when the World Cup is not being played, compared to just 14% of conservatives.” In addition, “liberals are also more likely to be following this world cup by a narrower margin of 8 points (35-27%).
The poll also found that soccer is more popular in the South and the West, and Hispanics like the sport more than whites.
Coulter, in a column that has been accused of “trolling,” also said she felt “no American whose great-grandfather was born here” watches the sport.
“If more ‘Americans’ are watching soccer today, it’s only because of the demographic switch effected by Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration law,” Coulter wrote in her piece. “I promise you: No American whose great-grandfather was born here is watching soccer. One can only hope that, in addition to learning English, these new Americans will drop their soccer fetish with time.”
On Tuesday, nearly 28,000 Americans turned out to Soldier Field to watch the U.S.’s gut-wrenching 2-1 overtime loss to Belgium. And thousands of others in Kansas City, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, D.C., California, Boston, Dallas, and other places from coast to coast went to viewing parties in outdoor areas and arenas. World Cup games have shattered streaming and television ratings records this year, with some games even rivaling the BCS national title game and doing better than some NBA Finals and World Series telecasts. The top markets (with the exception of Columbus, Ohio) have been on the coasts, with Washington, D.C. on top. Here are some images of Americans who supported the U.S. men’s soccer team at viewing parties. Below those are some politicians from both sides of the aisle who enthusiastically supported the U.S. men’s soccer team.
Photos: USA Today
Conservative Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and moderate Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whom Coulter tried to push on conservatives as a savior for years, also expressed support for the U.S. men’s national team, as did President Barack Obama.
– Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) July 1, 2014
Our guys left it all out on the field today. Great game #USMNT! Special shout-out to Tim Howard for having a fantastic game!
– Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) July 2, 2014
– Governor Christie (@GovChristie) July 1, 2014