The number of people overall who say they follow the NFL has declined sharply since 2014, NBC News said.
Last month’s poll showed that 49 percent of responders indicated they closely follow the league, but that figure was 58 percent in January 2014.
Since 2014, the number of blacks and Hispanics who say they closely follow the NFL has remained essentially flat, the network said.
But among whites, that figure is down 12 points from 59 percent in 2014 to 47 percent in 2018, NBC News said.
From 2014 to last month, the percentage of white men who closely follow the NFL dropped 22 points — from 69 percent to 47 percent, the network said.
In that same time period, the percentage of women who closely follow the NFL stayed the same at 47 percent.