As the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals open the baseball season Sunday night, only 38% of Americans say they are especially looking forward to the World Series this year according to a January Pew survey. That is a 13-percentage point decline from 1988, when 51% of Americans said they were especially looking forward to the Fall Classic. The presidential election (70%) was the most anticipated event of 2008, with the Olympics (52%) and Super Bowl (49%) more popular sporting events for Americans. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.