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Brazilians Losing Interest in Soccer, According to Datafolha Poll

05/04/2018 - 12h20

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FROM SÃO PAULO

The number of Brazilians who claim they have no interest in soccer has grown considerably in the last eight years.

A Datafolha poll conducted in January 29 and 30, 2018, shows that 41% of respondents said they had no interest in soccer. The rate is ten percentage points higher than the survey carried out in April 2010, the last to address this topic.

The drop in the number of those who claim to have no interest in the sport was also followed by a decrease in the percentage of people who say they have great interest (from 32% to 26%) and little interest (from 16% to 9%) in the sport.

The variation in the number of people who say they have average interest in soccer was within the poll's margin of error of two percentage points (from 22% to 23%).

Women are less interested in the sport than men: 56% said they had no interest in soccer. Among men, the rate was 24%.

The research also revealed that soccer, at least nowadays, is not the sport of the masses. People with lower purchasing power, the largest population in Brazil, were the least interested in the sport.

Not even the World Cup in Russia seems to be doing the trick. In line with results from the general soccer poll, the number of people interested in the World Cup has dropped, and the rate of those not interested at all has gone from 18% to 42%.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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