Poll: Nearly One-in-Five Adults Would Miss the Birth of their Own Baby to Go to the Super Bowl

By Pete Winn | January 30, 2012 | 1:56pm EST

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(CNSNews.com) - What would you miss or give up in order to go to the Super Bowl?

Fifteen (15) percent of U.S. adults who have a favorite NFL team would miss the birth of their own baby to attend the Super Bowl, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive.

Another 19 percent would miss the funeral of a loved one, 20 percent would miss the wedding of a close friend or family member, 21 percent would miss an important work responsibility and 23 percent would give up a vacation in order to watch the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis will be the premiere sporting event of the year for 40 percent of Americans, according to the poll.

Other statistics:

-- 56 percent of adults say they plan to watch the Super Bowl. Men are much more likely to watch the Super Bowl this year at 67 percent, compared to 46 percent of women.

-- 47 percent of those who plan to watch the Super Bowl this year said they will do so "because they love NFL football and would never miss it."

-- Nearly four-in-10 (37 percent) said they will watch the game primarily for the commercials. Women are significantly more likely to do this than men, at 44 percent to 31 percent, respectively.

-- One-third (33 percent) will watch the game because they said “it's fun to go to a Super Bowl party.”

By the way, betting on the Super Bowl is a popular past time -- 31 percent of adults said they have bet on the outcome of a Super Bowl at some point in the past.

Men are significantly more likely than women to say they've bet on the game, at 41 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

Of those who did bet, 44 percent said they had won $100 or more. However, 92 percent said they have lost money betting on the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl LXVI will pit the  the American Football Conference champion New England Patriots against the New York Giants, the National Football Conference champs, this Sunday, Feb. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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