Thirty-seven percent (37%) of people following the March Madness basketball tournament expect Duke to take home the championship this year. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 12% believe the University of North Carolina will emerge victorious. Number 3, according to the fans, are the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Ten percent (10%) expect them to win it all.
The Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines are each expected to win by 9%. Eight percent (8%) pick the Michigan State Spartans; 7% the Virginia Cavaliers; and, 6% the Tennessee Volunteers.
Nearly half (45%) of all fans have placed at least a friendly wager on the outcome. More than one-out-of-five have bet at least $100.
Data released earlier shows that 52% of voters believe that college athletes who play for major revenue generating sports programs be paid. If the school sells merchandise with a player’s name or picture on it, 64% believe the player should receive royalties.
One reason may be that many voters believe it’s already happening. Fifty-one percent (51%) think most successful college sports programs cheat by finding a way to pay top athletes under the table. Only 10% don’t think this happens.
Thirty-eight percent (38%) of American adults are following the competition. That total includes 48% of men and 31% of women (see crosstab results).
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The national survey of 1,104 Adults was conducted March 25-26, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). The sample included 430 adults who are following the basketball tournament. The full sample has a +/- 3.0 percentage point Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence. For responses based solely upon those following the tournament, the Margin of Sampling Error is +/- 4.9.
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