The most recent Seton Hall Sports Poll gauged the public pulse on COVID-19 and the pandemic response, including the cessation of sporting events.
The results of the poll, which is sponsored by the Sharkey Institute within the Stillman School of Business, were covered by nearly every major media outlet across the United States and throughout the world, in some cases multiple times. The New York Times, for example, cited the results of the poll in four separate articles, once each in articles from the Associated Press and Reuters (which were likewise published by media outlets throughout the United States and abroad) and twice in articles from Times writers; USA Today published two articles that cited the sports poll from their own writers; and ESPN wrote about and broadcast the findings on multiple platforms across the globe.
The findings, including the one in which 72 percent of Americans said that they would not feel safe attending a sporting event without the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus, appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites and on TV and news and sports talk radio outlets across the country too numerous to list: the total to date (still counting) is publication and broadcast by more than 1300 different outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, ABC News, CBS Sports, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, AFP, USA Today, Fox Business, Forbes, The Hill, The Conversation, Yahoo News (throughout the world), The New York Daily News, New York Post (back page feature), Boston Globe, Houston Chronicle, NJ.com, National Post (Canada), Japan Today, The Taipei Times, Bangkok Post, Pakistan Today, The Times of India, and Vanguard News (Nigeria).
On Twitter, results from the poll trended as the topic of conversation for writers from The Washington Post, NBC, ESPN, AP and more; a tweet from Darren Rovell alone to his more than 2 million followers resulted in more than 2,300 retweets and 66,000 engagements as social media responded en masse to the findings.
Releases from the Seton Hall Sports Poll
- "Nearly 3 of 4 Americans Say They Won't Attend Games Without Coronavirus Vaccine Developed"
- "By Wide Margin, Public Thinks Medical Experts Should Decide Start of NFL Season, Not Trump"
Select Media Highlights
- New York Times, "No Vaccine, No American Fans in Stands-Says Poll"
- New York Times, "The Coronavirus Doesn’t Care When Sports Come Back"
- New York Times, "Economic Pain Will Persist Long After Lockdowns End"
- Washington Post, "Poll: Fans Won't Feel Safe at Games Without Virus Vaccine"
- USA Today, "There will come a time when sports will be ready to return. Will we be?"
- USA Today, "Pro sports may come back and even welcome fans, but would fans go?"
- NBC News, "Poll: Majority of public says Trump’s urge for NFL season to begin on time was inappropriate"
- ABC News, "Poll: Public mixed on whether NFL season should open on time"
- ESPN, "Poll: Sports fans won't attend games without coronavirus vaccine"
- ESPN Africa, "Poll: Sports fans won't attend games without coronavirus vaccine" https://africa.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/29018209/poll-fans-attend-games-vaccine
- The Hill, "Americans want to watch live sports again, just not in person"
- Forbes, "NBA Must Prepare For Possibility Of Huge Revenue Drop In 2020-21"
- NJ.com, "Health experts rather than Trump should decide when the NFL season should begin, poll says"
- National Post (Canada), "Poll: Fans want vaccines before attending games"
- The Conversation (by Murray Edelman, renowned pollster and consultant to the Seton Hall Sports Poll), "Trump wants sports back – but fans aren't so sure"