Local Commanders fandom has plummeted, according to new poll


According to a poll conducted by the Washington Post, local fandom for the Commanders has plummeted in the last decade.

The Post polled 1,600 residents in the D.C., suburban Maryland, and northern Virginia area and asked which D.C. area team was their favorite. After over 30 percent of fans said Washington back in 2010, that number dropped to 15 percent in the most recent poll, with the findings being reported earlier this week.

The Commanders, according to the poll, were overtaken by the Nationals as the top local team in the area, as 16 percent of people polled said the Nats were their favorite team in the area, doubling in popularity from the 2010 poll.

Per the poll, 16 percent of fans polled said that the Commanders used to be their favorite D.C. team, but are not anymore, or 1 in 3 residents polled no longer support the team.

The Commanders averaged the lowest attendance in the league last season, highlighting the franchise’s decline in popularity. But a potential sale of the team by maligned owner Dan Snyder may help bring interest in the team back up in the coming years.

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