December 14, 2004 - Steroid Users Should Be Banned From Baseball, Fans Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Keep Records, But Close The Door To Hall Of Fame
By a 61 - 33 percent margin, American baseball fans say Major League players who test positive for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs should be banned from baseball, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Steroid/drug use is a "major problem," 65 percent of fans tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll.

Fans oppose 57 - 36 percent the idea of expunging all baseball records of players who use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. But fans say 52 - 42 percent that steroid/drug users should be banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame.

"'You're out!' baseball fans tell steroid users, by almost 2 - 1," said Maurice Carroll, Director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "By smaller margins, fans want to keep steroid users out of the Hall of Fame, but not out of the record books."

From December 7 - 12, Quinnipiac University surveyed 865 people who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in baseball. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and nationwide as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

23. (Ask all adults) How interested are you in following major league baseball -- very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?

                        All Adults...........
                        Tot     Men     Women


Very interested 15% 20% 11% Smwht interested 33 38 28 Not interested 52 42 61 DK/NA - - 1



24. ('Very' or 'somewhat' interested q23) Do you think the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by major league baseball players is a major problem, a minor problem or not a problem at all?

                        Baseball fans q23....
                        Tot     Men     Women


Major problem 65% 69% 60% Minor problem 28 26 32 Not a problem 4 3 5 DK/NA 3 2 3



25. ('Very' or 'somewhat' interested q23) Should major league baseball players who test positive for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs be banned from baseball, or not?

                        Baseball fans q23....
                        Tot     Men     Women


Yes 61% 60% 64% No 33 35 30 DK/NA 5 5 6



26. ('Very' or 'somewhat' interested q23) Should major league baseball players who test positive for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs have all of their baseball records wiped out, or not?

                        Baseball fans q23....
                        Tot     Men     Women


Yes 36% 38% 33% No 57 55 60 DK/NA 7 7 7



27. ('Very' or 'somewhat' interested q23) Should major league baseball players who test positive for steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs be banned from the hall of fame, or not?

                        Baseball fans q23....
                        Tot     Men     Women


Yes 52% 51% 53% No 42 44 40 DK/NA 6 6 7