They asked people who identified themselves as fans of teams that had advanced to the NCAA championship tournament’s later rounds in 2009 to rate Obama’s job performance. Result: The further the respondents’ teams advanced, the higher their approval of Obama. Another recent study found a relatively high correlation between local sports teams’ success and mayoral reelection rates.
— Social scientists have proven that the performance of popular sports teams can have a significant impact on election numbers
. The performance of the Ohio State football team could decide the presidential election. Also, asking people who they think
will win is a better predictor of election results
than asking people who they support. Americans care about sports, and about popularity. Anything but the issues, really. This is what freedom means.