Yes but according to the Morgan Gallup poll immediately prior to last years federal election, Labor was *actually* going to have a 17 percentage point swing to it, and Kim Beazley should be our PM at the moment.
But Sydney probably has the most unfulfilled potential and could join that group. Its a case of when - or whether - it will get there. A lot depends on a media that is interested in truly growing the game in the country's biggest city rather than trying to find reasons to belittle the city's enthusiam whenever it can and failing to recognise that the challenges faced by any team in Sydney are currently different to those faced by all other teams (other than the Lions).
You'd say at this point in time its Essendon, Collingwood, Adelaide and West Coast, but I'm sure that the AFL would love it to be Brisbane, Sydney, West Coast and Adelaide. That way they would have a huge market share in the main 5 cities in Australia.
Clear ranking is difficult, but considering the factors of average home attendances, average away attendances, popular support (ie non members), members, financial strength, then at present the rank would sit:
Hawthorn up two tiers (5 to 3)
Port up two tiers (5 to 3)
Sydney up one tier (3 to 2)
Brisbane up one tier (5 to 4)
Carlton down one tier (2 to 3)
Geelong down one tier (3 to 4)
St.Kilda down one tier (4 to 5)
Western down one tier (5 to 6)
North down one tier (5 to 6)
Richmond down two tiers (2 to 4)
From that you would presume there are a 'Big 3' of Ess/Coll/Adel, however due to Adelaides isolation from the EVFL (Expanded Victorian Football League....Australian Football my foot! ), it's really a 'Big Two', and given McGuire's current commitments, it could soon become a 'Big One (to match his ego!).
Hawks have a large membership but so do Melbourne if you include MCC members.
Not huge crowd pullers but have had their moments.
I'm in the IT section of a large consultancy firm and the hawks fans outnumber any other in our section. There are currently no essendon fans.
Biggest membership. Probably the club which draws the largest number to games. (Note this is different to crowds at games, I'm talking about the number drawn by each particular club). Second or third biggest supporter base. Second or third most profitable.