Here’s a yellow card warning for all of the anticipation of the United States’ World Cup match against Belgium this afternoon: Most Americans aren’t that excited, even if many of them are rooting on the home country.
Six-in-10 Americans – 61 percent – say they either have very little interest or no interest at all in the World Cup, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll.
That’s compared with only 22 percent who say they have a “great deal” or “quite a bit” of interest. Another 17 percent say they have “just some” interest.
Among those with interest in the World Cup – either a lot or a little – the poll shows it’s clear for whom respondents are rooting: Team USA.
Eighty-six percent say they’re backing the United States, 8 percent are rooting for another country and 6 percent don’t care.
The NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll was conducted June 23-29 of 1,452 adults, and it has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.2 percentage points.
First published July 1 2014, 8:00 AM
Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular â€œFirst Readâ€ blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DCâ€™s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news.
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Murray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), and he resides in Washington DC.