Study Shows NFL Is Overwhelming Choice for America's Favorite Sport

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots congratulates  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos after the Broncos defeated the Patriots 26 to 16 during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Professional football's popularity in America continues to grow, and no other sport is even close to matching it, according to a recent Harris Poll.

ESPN.com's Darren RovellΒ provided a breakdown of the top choices:

Data via Harris Poll, via ESPN's Darren Rovell
Data via Harris Poll, via ESPN's Darren RovellKyle Newport

It marks the 30th straight year in which the the National Football League tops the list. Back in 1985, when the first poll was taken, the NFL held a 1 percent lead over MLB. That margin has since grown to more than 20 percent.

Baseball's popularity has been in decline due to the success of the NFL, but it is still doing well in comparison to the rest of the sports.

What's the biggest surprise of the poll?