June 16, 2011 - Yankees Top Red Sox Among Connecticut Fans, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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The New York Yankees top the Boston Red Sox 43 - 38 percent, their biggest lead since 2007, in the Quinnipiac University poll's annual Connecticut Pennant Race to determine who wins the heart of the state's baseball fans.

Another 7 percent of Connecticut fans like the Mets, with 1 percent support for other teams scattered like singles around the infield, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The survey was conducted among the 56 percent of Connecticut adults who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.

Men back the Yankees 47 - 35 percent while women go to the Red Sox 42 - 39 percent.

The Bombers are strongest in Fairfield County, where they lead the Sox 57 - 16 percent with 15 percent for the Mets. Tolland, New London and Windham Counties in eastern Connecticut go to the Red Sox 67 - 27 percent, with 3 percent for the Mets.

"Forget the AL East standings. The Yankees have topped the Red Sox in eight of our nine Connecticut Pennant Races," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "The gender gap, with men backing the Bombers and women backing the Red Sox, might make for some interesting family discussions - or dating dynamics."

"In 2003, our first poll, the Yankees led by 14 points. The Red Sox chipped away at that lead until they took a statistically insignificant 1 point lead in 2008."

From June 8 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,456 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

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.

32. How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Very interested      23%    29%    16%
Smwht interested     33     33     33
Not at all           44     38     50
DK/NA                 -      -      -
 
                     ALL ADULTS...........................
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very interested      27%    26%    19%    19%    20%
Smwht interested     30     33     46     32     32
Not at all           43     41     35     48     49
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -
 
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 16  Jun 11  Jun 1   Jul 3   May 14  Jul 3   Jun 7
                     2011    2010    2009    2008    2007    2008    2004
 
Very interested      23      25      23      26      26      26      22
Somewhat interested  33      33      34      32      30      32      35
Not interested       44      42      43      41      44      41      43
DK/NA                 -       1       -       -       -       1       -
 
 
33. (If Very or Somewhat interested q32) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (* Subgroup too small for reliable analysis)
                     BASEBALL FANS....
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
New York YANKEES     43%    47%    39%
Boston RED SOX       38     35     42
New York METS         7      6      9
Chicago CUBS          1      -      1
Cincinnati REDS       1      -      1
Colorado ROCKIES      1      1      -
Detroit TIGERS        1      1      1
Minnesota TWINS       1      1      -
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      -      1
St. Louis CARDINALS   1      -      1
OTHER SPECIFY(VOL)    -      -      -
DK/NA                 3      3      4
 
                     BASEBALL FANS........................
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
                                   *
New York YANKEES     57     36            46     27
Boston RED SOX       16%    48%           33%    67%
New York METS        15      3             7      3
Chicago CUBS          1      1             1      -
Cincinnati REDS       -      1             1      1
Colorado ROCKIES      3      -             -      -
Detroit TIGERS        -      2             2      1
Minnesota TWINS       -      2             -      1
Philadelphia PHILLIES 2      -             -      -
St. Louis CARDINALS   -      1             2      -
OTHER SPECIFY(VOL)    -      1             -      -
DK/NA                 5      2             4      1
 
 
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 16  Jun 11  Jun 1  Jul 3  May 14  May 4  Apr 8  Jun 7
                     2011    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      38     41     37      35     35     33
Chicago Cubs          1       1       1      1      -       1      1      2
Cincinnati Reds       1       -       1      -      -       -      -      -
Cleveland Indians     -       -       -      1      -       -      -      1
Colorado Rockies      1       1       -      -      -       -      -      -
Detroit Tigers        1       1       -      -      1       -      -      -
Los Angeles Dodgers   -       -       -      -      1       1      1      1
New York Mets         7      11       9      9     10      12      9      9
New York Yankees     43      39      42     40     43      42     43     43
Oakland Athletics     -       -       -      -      -       -      1      -
Philadelphia Phillies 1       -       1      1      -       -      1      -
Pittsburgh Pirates    -       -       1      -      -              -      -
St. Louis Cardinals   1       -       -      1      -       -      -      -
Minnesota Twins       1       -       -      -      -       -      -      -
Other                 -       1       1      -      1       -      -      3
DK/NA                 3       3       3      2      3       3      3      4