A huge Canadian Press/Harris-Decima poll conducted last week (which was largely ignored by the Canadian media), revealed that 25% more Canadians were "avid" fans of the CFL, than were "avid" fans of the NFL.
10% of Canadians consider themselves avid CFL fans, while only 8% are avid NFL fans. 25% of Canadians are occasional CFL followers, while 22% occasionally followed the NFL.
35% of Canadians said they were likely to watch the Grey Cup, while 34% said they'll likely watch the Super Bowl.
"It's remarkable that as many Canadians are as interested in watching the CFL as are interested in watching the NFL," pollster Allan Gregg said. "That's impressive when you consider the promotional muscle that's behind the NFL game. That is clearly grounded and anchored by that enthusiasm and sense of fealty that flows from Western Canada."
Here is the regional breakdown of those surveyed who intended to watch last Sunday's Grey Cup:
(Note: No numbers for Quebec were published and the poll is unavailable on the H-D website)
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