The 'Outside' 2012 Reader Poll: Sports

You're an honest, hard-driving bunch. A third of you have run more than 10 miles at a go and have no qualms about leg shaving. But few of you would use performance enhancers—even if they were readily available.

A runner in the Bighorn Trail 50K Run.     Photo: Wikimedia Commons

HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK DO YOU WORK OUT?
17.0% 1 to 2
49.3% 3 to 4
33.7% 5 or more

HOW MUCH, ON AVERAGE, DO YOU SPEND PER YEAR ON OUTDOOR-SPORTS EQUIPMENT?
09.3% Less than $200
52.6% $200 to $999
34.8% $1,000 to $5,000
03.3% More than $5,000

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH TO SPEND ON A BIKE?
20.1% More than $1,000
45.6% More than $5,000
23.7% More than $10,000
10.6% As long as it's less than my car

I'M MOST ATTRACTED TO A PARTNER WHO CAN:
25.0% Ski
19.9% Mountain bike
11.9% Climb
08.2% Surf
35.0% I don't care if my partner is sporty

HAVE YOU EVER USED ILLEGAL PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS?
02.1% Yes
97.9% No

IF NOT, WOULD YOU CONSIDER USING ILLEGAL PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS IF THEY WERE EASY TO OBTAIN?
05.0% Yes
95.0% No

DO YOU THINK LANCE ARMSTRONG WON ANY OF HIS TOUR DE FRANCE TITLES WITH THE AID OF PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING DRUGS?
52.2% Yes
47.8% No

DO YOU CARE WHETHER ARMSTRONG DOPED?
39.6% Yes
60.4% No

MEN SHAVING THEIR LEGS FOR CYCLING IS OK:
47.0% Sometimes (e.g., on race day)
31.8% Always
21.2% Never

WHAT'S THE LONGEST DISTANCE YOU'VE RUN?
43.3% Less than 10 miles
34.5% Ten miles to a half marathon
19.0% A marathon
01.9% A 50K
01.3% More than 50 miles

DO YOU WEAR BAREFOOT RUNNING SHOES?
19.3% Yes
80.7% No

DO YOU LOVE IT OR HATE IT WHEN YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER BEATS YOU AT A SPORT?
51.2% Love it
48.8% Hate it

I WOULD TRAVEL TO ANOTHER COUNTRY TO WATCH MY FAVORITE TEAM PLAY:
60.1% No
39.9% Yes

*Results based on an online survey taken June 12-17, 2012, by 2,635 dedicated readers.

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