June 7, 2004 - Yankees Rule In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Top Red Sox 43 - 33 Percent Among Baseball Fans
The Bronx Bombers are tops in Connecticut, beating the Boston Red Sox 43 - 33 percent among baseball fans statewide, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 9 percent of fans favor the New York Mets.

A total of 57 percent of Connecticut residents tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in following Major League Baseball.

Of that fan base, the New York Yankees are the favorite because of their lop-sided domination in Fairfield County, while the Red Sox dominate in the northern and eastern areas of the state.

"Geography counts with Connecticut baseball fans: People near New York City root for the Yankees; those near the Massachusetts border like the Red Sox," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

"Just like the presidential-election maps - red and blue Connecticut divides over baseball. The Southwest is squarely for the pin-stripe Yankees. Color the north and east red, for the Sox."

From May 26 - June 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 907 Connecticut baseball fans with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

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

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

35. How interested are you in following major league baseball -- very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?

                                                                  MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                          Tot     Men     Women   Fairfld Hrtford NewHvn  NewLon


Very interested 22% 30% 15% 21% 19% 22% 28% Smwht interested 35 36 34 34 34 34 38 Not at all 43 34 51 45 46 43 34 DK/NA - - - - - - -



36. (If "Very" or "Somewhat" interested q35) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                          "VERY" OR "SOMEWHAT" INTERESTED IN BASEBALL Q35..........    
                                                                  MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                          Tot     Men     Women   Fairfld Hrtford NewHvn  NewLon


Atlanta Braves 2% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2% - Balitmore Orioles 1 2 1 - 3 - 2 Boston Red Sox 33 35 31 10 47 31 46 Chicago Cubs 2 2 2 2 1 2 5 Cleveland Indians 1 1 1 1 1 - 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 - - - 1 1 New York Mets 9 10 8 17 3 9 6 New York Yankees 43 41 46 55 32 47 36 OTHER 3 4 2 5 2 3 2 DK/NA 4 2 7 7 6 4 -