A look at the numbers helps explain why Trump yearns for Big 10 college football to return to these states, but it also reveals why Trump should be careful for what he wishes (i.e. Americans don’t seem to be aching for college life or sports to return to normal).
Among all voters, pro sports is certainly more popular than Trump, himself, is. The CNN poll found a within the margin of error result for pro sports coming back (48%) to it not (46%). In the Midwest, it was 49% for pro sports to 44% against it.
But where Trump could be miscalculating is that pro sports may be something different than college sports. Professionals, after all, are paid, while college students currently are not.
Now, it could absolutely be the case that Trump discussing the issue a lot will bring more voters to his side. But since when did Trump trumpeting an issue make it so that a majority agreed with it?
More likely, Trump recognizes that he is trailing in the polls two months out from an election and is looking to see what sticks. Maybe college football will be a good issue for him, but there’s plenty of reason to doubt it.