Sunday, July 24, 2005

Football is second to baseball in Japan

The Japanese love baseball. Americans name football as their favorite sport. For people in both countries, family comes before money, career or anything else. Three-fourths of Americans surveyed named family as the most important factor in happiness, compared with six in 10 Japanese, according to an AP-Kyodo poll. Almost one-quarter of the Japanese said relaxation was the most important factor, followed by community service at 14 percent. Seven percent of Americans said relaxation was the most important, and 6 percent cited community service.

When it comes to sports, Japan is even more baseball-crazy than America, where the game was invented. Some 36 percent of the Japanese named baseball as their favorite sport, followed by soccer at 22 percent, the poll found. For Americans, football was the sport of choice for 31 percent of those surveyed, following by basketball (19 percent) and then baseball, the national pastime, at 15 percent.

According to The Conservative Voice, the poll of 1,000 adults in the United States was conducted for the AP by Ipsos, an international polling company, from 5-10 July. The poll of 1,045 eligible voters in Japan was conducted for Kyodo by the Public Opinion Research Center from 1-3 July. Each poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.