As Team Canada gets ready to take on England on Saturday in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, a new public opinion poll suggests a clear divide in Canadian opinion on what are perceived to be “girls” sports and “boys” sports.
The Angus Reid Institute poll found parents are more likely to enroll their girls in swimming, gymnastics and figure skating, and boys in soccer, hockey, and baseball.
Spokesperson Shachi Kurl says 73 per cent of Canadians agree the media doesn’t pay enough attention to women’s sports.
“The reality is not that many Canadians are actually following the women’s world cup, and interestingly those who are following it most closely are those who are considered “die-hard” sports fan, and who are “die-hard” sports fans? They are men, and they tend to be younger.”
The survey also suggests a third of Canadians feel women’s sports are “less exciting” than men’s, and another third say some sports are just “unwomanly.”
More than 1,500 Canadians were polled online between June 9-12.