It will come as no surprise that democrats, and residents of the Northeast and urban areas, are less likely to encourage their children to play football while rural conservatives in the south like their Friday night lights. [read_more]
eight of the top 10 states for football participation voted for RepublicanMitt Romney in 2012 (Mississippi, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alabama, Kansas, Montana and North Dakota). Only two, Iowa and Wisconsin, voted for Barack Obama.
On the other end, nine of the 10 lowest participation jurisdictions voted for Mr. Obama in 2012 (New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, D.C., Florida, Maryland, Nevada, California and New Hampshire). Out of the bottom 10, only Alaska voted for Mr. Romney.
This Wall Street Journal article has some interesting charts and graphs on the subject showing all the states and their participation rates for high school football. The two states with the highest rates are Iowa and Mississippi followed by Texas and Nebraska.