June 11, 2010 - Yankees, Red Sox Tied In Hearts Of Connecticut Fans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; No Bomber Bounce From World Series Win

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There are no ties in baseball, but 39 percent of Connecticut fans cheer for the New York Yankees while 38 percent root for the Boston Red Sox, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 11 percent say the New York Mets are their favorite team.

This compares to a 42 - 38 percent Yankees lead in a June 1, 2009 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. This latest survey reflects the feelings of the 58 percent of Connecticut adults who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.

The Bronx Bombers score best in New Haven, Middlesex, Litchfield, and Fairfield Counties, while the Red Sox rule in Tolland, Windham, New London and Hartford Counties.

"A tie is like kissing your brother or sister, but the Yankees and Red Sox are in a statistical dead heat. The Yankees did not get a bounce out of their World Series win," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD.

"From 2003 -2008, the Red Sox chipped away at the Yankees lead, until they were basically tied in 2008 and it has stayed close for the last 3 years."

From June 2 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,506 Connecticut residents with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 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 or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

40. (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      25%    32%    18%    30%    23%    23%
Smwht interested     33     34     32     18     40     38
Not at all           42     33     49     51     37     39
DK/NA                 1      1      -      1      -      -
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested, or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS...........................................
                                                             VERY INT.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 11  Jun 1   Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Jul 3   Jun 7
                     2010    2009    2008    2007    2006    2008    2004
Very interested      25      23      26      26      23      26      22
Somewhat interested  33      34      32      30      34      32      35
Not interested       42      43      41      44      43      41      43
DK/NA                 1       -       -       -       -       1       -
 
 
41. (If Very or Smwht interested in q40) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS.........................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Atlanta Braves        1      2      -      2      2      -
Baltimore Orioles     1      1      1      1      1      1
Boston Red Sox       38     38     39     32     37     44
Chicago Cubs          1      1      2      2      1      -
Colorado Rockies      1      1      -      3      -      -
Detroit Tigers        1      1      -      1      -      1
New York Mets        11     12     10     13     13      7
New York Yankees     39     37     41     42     37     38
Other                 1      1      1      2      1      1
DK/NA                 3      1      5      -      4      4
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
Atlanta Braves        1      1      -      1      2
Baltimore Orioles     -      2      1      -      3
Boston Red Sox       16     55     33     30     67
Chicago Cubs          2      1      -      -      2
Colorado Rockies      3      -      -      -      -
Detroit Tigers        -      1      -      1      -
New York Mets        24      6      7      7      6
New York Yankees     47     28     52     52     15
Other                 1      3      -      1      -
DK/NA                 5      -      1      4      3
 
TREND: (If baseball fan) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (*registered voters) (Data available upon request back to May 2003)
                     BASEBALL FANS .......................................
                     Jun 11  Jun  1  Jul 3   May 14  May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7
                     2010    2009    2008    2007    2006    2005*   2004
Atlanta Braves        1       -       1       1       1       2       2
Baltimore Orioles     1       1       1       1       1       1       1
Boston Red Sox       38      38      41      37      35      35      33
Chicago Cubs          1       1       1       -       1       1       2
Cincinnati Reds       -       1       -       -       -       -       -
Cleveland Indians     -       -       1       -       -       -       1
Colorado Rockies	    1       -       -       -       -       -       -
Detroit Tigers        1       -       -       1       -       -       -
Los Angeles Dodgers   -       -       -       1       1       1       1
New York Mets        11       9       9      10      12       9       9
New York Yankees     39      42      40      43      42      43      43
Oakland Athletics     -       -       -       -       -       1       -
Philadelphia Phillies -       1       1       -       -       1       -
Pittsburgh Pirates    -       1       -       -               -       -
St. Louis Cardinals   -       -       1       -       -       -       -
Other                 1       1       -       1       -       -       3
DK/NA                 3       3       2       3       3       3       4