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On Tuesday, the PGA Tour announced plans to merge with LIV Golf, which peeled off some of the biggest names in professional golf, including Phil Mickelson, Brooks Koepka, and Dustin Johnson. The Saudi-backed LIV Golf has been met with controversy at nearly every turn, including pending litigation from its competitors. This deal will end all litigation and combine both businesses into one new company.
CivicScience immediately checked the pulse of Americans on the merger, and a majority of the public is opposed to the move. Support for the merger currently sits at 31% among U.S. adults familiar with the news – with just 14% claiming to ‘strongly support’ it. Nearly four times that figure claim to ‘strongly oppose’ the merger (51%).
Among those who follow men’s professional golf ‘very or somewhat’ closely, strong support is higher than average at 21% (overall support is more than a third of this camp at 36%). However, a majority of professional golf fans oppose the merger, with 47% strongly opposing it.
The highest level of support comes from those who follow golf just ‘a little’ (38%), while those who follow men’s pro golf ‘hardly or not at all’ are the most likely to oppose the merger (63%).
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