June 1, 2009 - Yankees Bump Sox Out Of Top Spot In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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The New York Yankees are back in first place in the hearts of Connecticut baseball fans, brushing back the Boston Red Sox to take a 42 - 38 percent lead, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

This reverses a 41 - 40 percent Boston lead in a July 3, 2008, poll by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, the first time the Red Sox slipped into first place since the question was asked in 2003.

A total of 57 percent of Connecticut adults say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.

Among those fans, 42 percent list the Bronx Bombers as their favorite team, with 38 percent who list the Red Sox and 9 percent who cheer for the New York Mets.

The Yankees do best, with 52 percent, in Fairfield County, while the Red Sox rule with 59 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London Counties. Hartford County goes 53 - 37 percent for the Sox while New Haven and Middlesex Counties go 48 - 31 percent for the Yankees.

"The New York Yankees have reversed their slide and slipped back into first place in Connecticut, but Boston remains a contender," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "Another World Series win could put the Sox back on top."

From May 20 - 25, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,743 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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 and RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582- 5201.

25. (ALL ADULTS) 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      23%    31%    16%    19%    23%    26%
Smwht interested     34     35     34     37     32     35
Not at all           43     35     50     44     46     39
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very interested      21%    23%    19%    25%    24%
Smwht interested     37     37     32     32     31
Not at all           42     40     49     43     46
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested, or not interested at all? * = Registered Voters
                     ALL ADULTS...........................................
                     June 1  Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                     2009    2008    2007    2006    2005*   2004    2003
 
Very interested      23      26      26      23      26      22      20
Somewhat interested  34      32      30      34      32      35      33
Not interested       43      41      44      43      41      43      47
DK/NA                 -       -       -       -       -       -       -
 
 
26. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested in major league baseball) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Baltimore Orioles     1      -      1      -      -      1
Boston Red Sox       38     34     43     37     36     42
Chicago Cubs          1      1      1      3      -      -
Cincinnati Reds       1      1      -      1      1      -
New York Mets         9     12      7      8     10      9
New York Yankees     42     42     42     45     43     38
Philadelphia
 Phillies             1      -      1      1      -      1
Pittsburgh Pirates    1      1      -      -      1      -
Other specify         1      1      1      1      1      -
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      4      2
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Baltimore Orioles     -      1      -      -      1
Boston Red Sox       16     53     41     31     59
Chicago Cubs          -      -      9      -      2
Cincinnati Reds       1      1      -      1      -
New York Mets        21      3     11      9      2
New York Yankees     52     37     32     48     28
Philadelphia
 Phillies             1      -      3      -      1
Pittsburgh Pirates    -      -      -      1      1
Other specify         3      -      2      1      -
DK/NA                 2      3      -      4      2
 
TREND: (If baseball fan) What is your favorite major league baseball team? * = Registered Voters
                     BASEBALL FANS .......................................
                     June 1  Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                     2009    2008    2007    2006    2005 *  2004    2003
 
Atlanta Braves        -       1       1       1       2       2       1
Baltimore Orioles     1       1       1       1       1       1       1
Boston Red Sox       38      41      37      35      35      33      33
Chicago Cubs          1       1       -       1       1       2       1
Cincinnati Reds       1       -       -       -       -       -       -
Cleveland Indians     -       1       -       -       -       1       1
Detroit Tigers        -       -       1       -       -       -       -
Los Angeles Dodgers   -       -       1       1       1       1       1
New York Mets         9       9      10      12       9       9       9
New York Yankees     42      40      43      42      43      43      47
Oakland Athletics     -       -       -       -       1       -       -
Philadelphia Phillies 1       1       -       -       1       -       1
Pittsburgh Pirates    1       -       -               -       -       1
St. Louis Cardinals   -       1       -       -       -       -       1
Other                 1       -       1       -       -       3       -
DK/NA                 3       2       3       3       3       4       2