Gallup: Number of Americans With Positive View of Professional Sports Plummets Only 30% of Americans view professional sports positively, according to data from a recent Gallup poll. More Americans — 40% — view professional sports negatively, the results of the July 30-August 12 poll show. Those numbers are in stark contrast to the results of a similar poll from 2019, in which 45% of respondents said they viewed professional sports positively, while only 25% reported a negative view.