Poll: Canadians Don't Want NFL at Cost of CFL

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM EDT

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Poll: Canadians Don't Want NFL at Cost of CFL

December 4, 2013 Updated Dec 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM EDT

The Buffalo Bills have now ventured to Toronto six times to host a game at the Rogers Centre and the only thing more disappointing than their 1-5 record has been the lagging attendance.

This past Sunday, when the Bills squandered a late fourth-quarter lead and dropped a 34-31 overtime decision to the Atlanta Falcons, the Bills in Toronto series attracted the lowest turnout yet — just under 40,000.

Ahead of the game and just days after more reports of continued interest in brining a full-fledged National Football League franchise to Toronto, a poll was released indicating lukewarm interest in the notion, at least at the expense of the Canadian Football League.

The online survey, conducted by Reginald Bibby, a sociology professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, and polling firm Angus Reid Global, found that 40 percent of the 1,007 on-line participants said they didn’t want an NFL team in Canada at all; another 41 percent added they would accept an NFL franchise but only if it co-existed with the CFL.

Read more about the poll here.