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LOS ANGELES LOVES A WINNER
In 2017, LA bleeds Dodger Blue. Although some might make a strong case that Los Angeles has been a blue city for decades, this is the first year of the LA Public Opinion Survey that Angelenos’ preference for the Dodgers has overtaken their love for the Lakers. For four years, StudyLA has asked Angelenos which professional team is their favorite out of those with “LA” in their name. For three straight years, the Lakers have come out on top. However, that percentage has dropped steadily as their inability to make the playoffs has taken a toll on fan loyalty. In 2017, for the first time the Dodgers eked out the Lakers for the top spot in our survey, with 36% of residents ranking them as their favorite professional sports team with LA in their name. The Lakers took a backseat with 35%, while the Clippers ranked a distant third with only 7%. This year, for the first time we also asked about the newest team to play in LA; the Los Angeles Rams garnered 5% of Angelenos’ top support.