July 3, 2008 - Red Sox Are No. 1, By 1 Point, In Hearts Of Connecticut Fans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Boston Inches Past Yankees For First Time Ever

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In a game of inches, 41 percent of Connecticut baseball fans support the Boston Red Sox, while 40 percent back the New York Yankees, the first time in five years that the Sox even came close to the Yanks in this baseball battleground state, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

A total of 58 percent of Connecticut residents say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball, while 41 percent say they are "not at all interested."

Among those interested, the Yankees are up 58 - 18 percent in Fairfield County, bordering New York, while the Red Sox are up 56 - 31 percent in Hartford County and 59 - 23 percent in eastern Connecticut, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

The biggest shift is in New Haven and Middlesex counties, where the Yankees margin dropped from 18 points in 2007 to 7 points, 44 - 37 percent, today.

Men split 39 - 39 percent while women tip to the Sox 43 - 41 percent.

"The Red Sox have been gaining on the Yankees since 2003 and were 6 points behind last year in the hearts of Connecticut fans. Is this a casual fling, driven by the current standings, or a real change of heart?" asked Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

From June 26 - 29, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,816 Connecticut residents with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

35. How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                        ALL ADULTS ................................
                                                AGE IN YRS.........
                        Tot     Men     Wom     18-34   35-54   55+
                                                                   
Very interested         26%     33%     20%     27%     25%     27%
Smwht interested        32      33      32      31      34      32 
Not at all              41      34      47      42      40      40 
DK/NA                    -       -       -       -       -       - 
 
                                                MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                        Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn  NewLon
                        
Very interested         24%     27%     23%     27%     28%
Smwht interested        37      26      27      32      39
Not at all              39      46      51      40      33
DK/NA                    -       -       -       1       -
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested, or not interested at all? * = Registered Voters
                        ALL ADULTS...................................
                        Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                        2008    2007    2006    2005*   2004    2003
 
Very interested         26      26      23      26      22      20
Somewhat interested     32      30      34      32      35      33
Not interested          41      44      43      41      43      47
DK/NA                    -       -       -       -       -       -
 
 
36.(If Very or Smwht interested q35) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                        BASEBALL FANS.............................
                                                AGE IN YEARS......
                        Tot     Men     Wom     18-34   35-54  55+
 
Atlanta BRAVES           1       1       -       2       -       -
Baltimore ORIOLES        1       1       -       -       1       1
Boston RED SOX          41      39      43      37      39      46
Chicago CUBS             1       1       1       -       1       1
Cleveland INDIANS        1       1       1       2       1       -
New York METS            9      10       7      10       9       8
New York YANKEES        40      39      41      42      41      38
Philadelphia PHILLIES    1       1       1       2       1       1
St. Louis CARDINALS      1       1       -       1       -       1
OTHER SPECIFY            -       -       -       -       1       -
DK/NA                    2       1       2       2       2       2
 
                                                MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                        Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn  NewLon
 
Atlanta BRAVES           1       1       -       1       -
Baltimore ORIOLES        -       -       2       1       1
Boston RED SOX          18      56      42      37      59
Chicago CUBS             2       -       1       1       -
Cleveland INDIANS        1       2       -       -       2
New York METS           13       5      11       8       9
New York YANKEES        58      31      34      44      23
Philadelphia PHILLIES    1       -       4       1       -
St. Louis CARDINALS      1       -       -       1       -
OTHER SPECIFY            -       -       -       -       -
DK/NA                    2       2       -       2       1
 
TREND: (If baseball fan) What is your favorite major league baseball team? * = Registered Voters
                        BASEBALL FANS ...............................
                        Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                        2008    2007    2006    2005*   2004    2003
                                
Atlanta Braves           1       1       1       2       2       1
Baltimore Orioles        1       1       1       1       1       1
Boston Red Sox          41      37      35      35      33      33
Chicago Cubs             1       -       1       1       2       1
Cleveland Indians        1       -       -       -       1       1
Detroit Tigers           -       1       -       -       -       -
Los Angeles Dodgers      -       1       1       1       1       1
New York Mets            9      10      12       9       9       9
New York Yankees        40      43      42      43      43      47
Oakland Athletics        -       -       -       1       -       -
Philadelphia Phillies    1       -       -       1       -       1
Pittsburgh Pirates       -       -               -       -       1
St. Louis Cardinals      1       -       -       -       -       1
Other                    -       1       -       -       3       -
DK/NA                    2       3       3       3       4       2