May 5, 2003 - Yanks Rule In Connecticut, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; But Red Sox Are Favorite In Eastern End Of State
Connecticut residents who follow Major League Baseball prefer the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 47 - 33 percent, with 9 percent cheering for the New York Mets, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

A total of 53 percent of Connecticut residents, 62 percent of men and 44 percent of women, are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in baseball, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

The Bronx Bombers are favorites in Fairfield, New Haven and Middlesex Counties, while the Red Sox are tops in the eastern counties.

"The Yankees and Red Sox are Connecticut's favorite baseball teams in every region except Fairfield County, where the Mets finish second to the Yankees.

"Why are the Yankees Connecticut's favorite baseball team? In part, it's because of the huge Yankees margin in Fairfield County," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D.

From April 22 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,429 Connecticut residents with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percent.

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

                                                                    MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                    Tot     Men     Wom     Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn  NewLndn


Very interested 20% 27% 13% 18% 20% 15% 22% 18% Smwht interested 33 35 31 35 35 32 29 35 Not at all 47 38 55 47 45 53 48 47 DK/NA - - - - - - - -



28a. (If "very" or "somewhat" interested on q28) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                    
                    "VERY" OR "SOMEWHAT" INTERESTED IN BASEBALL..............
                                                            MdlSex  Toll,Wndm
                    Tot     Men     Wom     Fairfld Hrtford NewHvn  NewLndn


New York Yankees 47% 44% 51% 61% 39% 53% 30% Boston Red Sox 33 34 33 12 45 29 54 Baltimore Orioles 1 1 - - 1 - 1 Cleveland Indians 1 1 1 - - 1 3 Atlanta Braves 1 1 1 - 1 1 3 Philadelphia Phillies 1 - 1 1 1 1 - New York Mets 9 10 9 19 3 11 2 Chicago Cubs 1 1 - - 1 - 2 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1 - - 1 - 1 St. Louis Cardinals 1 1 - 2 1 - 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 1 - 1 1 - DK/NA 2 2 3 2 3 2 1