Women’s sport

Jul 7, 2015

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Total agree

Total disagree

Strongly agree

Agree

Disagree

Strongly disagree

Don’t know

Total agree men

Total agree women

In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s

61%

28%

17%

44%

21%

7%

10%

55%

68%

The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports

68%

20%

27%

41%

16%

4%

12%

62%

75%

In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports

42%

43%

7%

35%

30%

13%

15%

40%

43%

Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports

27%

60%

4%

23%

40%

20%

13%

30%

24%

Women athletes are great role models for girls

84%

7%

36%

48%

4%

3%

9%

78%

90%

In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate

72%

13%

34%

38%

9%

4%

16%

65%

78%

A substantial proportion of respondents agreed that “Women athletes are great role models for girls” (84%), “In general, compared to men, sportswomen are underpaid and the financial rewards inadequate” (72%) and “The media does not pay enough attention to women’s sports” (68%). A majority also agreed “In general, women’s sports are just as exciting as men’s” (61%). They were divided 42% agree/43% disagree over whether “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” but 60% disagreed that “Most women aren’t interested in playing or watching sports”.

Overall, women had a more positive opinion than men on most issues except “In general, people are not interested in watching women play sports” where men were 40% agree/44% disagree and women 43% agree/42% disagree.

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