America’s interest in the summer Olympics lags
Americans’ stated interest in watching the Olympic Games has hit a new low, according to a recent Gallup poll of a random sample of 1,023 adults. Forty-eight percent said they plan to watch “a great deal” of the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, down from 59 percent during the 2012 games in London. Additionally, 21 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t watch at all—the highest percentage since the pollster started asking the question in 2000. The drop in interest may be fueled by controversies surrounding the Games, Gallup notes, including concerns of the Zika virus, sewage in water that athletes will swim and row in, and widespread steroid use among Russia’s track and field and weightlifting teams.