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Povich Sports and Politics Poll

In March 2021, the Povich Center launched a national sports and politics poll in collaboration with the Center for Democracy and Civic Engagement at UMD and The Washington Post.

The Povich Center is integrating the poll initiative into the educational experience of students in a variety of ways. Polls will provide troves of proprietary data for student reporting projects. In addition, students will help choose poll topics and the Povich Center will host panels and conversations that focus on poll results.

Each year, it's anticipated there will be as many as two Povich Center-CDCE-Washington Post polls.

The first poll was conducted March 12-18, 2021 among a random national sample of 1,500 adults and addressed topics including attendance at live sports events during the pandemic and issues related to disruptions occurring in youth sports.

The second poll was conducted online May 4-17, 2022 using a random national sample of 1,503 adults and addressed topics including allowing transgender female athletes to play sports against other girls and women at the professional, college and high school levels. 

The third poll was conducted online from Aug. 17-23, 2023 using a random sample of 1,584 adults and addressed topics including attitudes about high school athletes and athletes before high school profiting from endorsements.

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