Hockey fans are excited about the Stanley Cup, yet few Americans consider hockey their favorite sport to follow. In a recent online survey by Researchscape, only 5% of respondents said that hockey was their favorite sport, behind football, baseball and basketball.
Researchscape surveyed 302 U.S. adults. The online survey was fielded from October 8 to November 20, 2012; survey results were not weighted. Based on the methodology, this survey is only slightly likely to be representative of U.S. consumers in general: the results should be considered qualitative or directional in nature.
A separate Gallup survey in December 2005 produced the same ranking of the top 4 major sports, with ice hockey barely edging out ice/figure skating.