June 11, 2009 - Bombers Bloom In Garden State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Phillies Rule In Less Populated South Jersey

Word format

The New York Yankees are the runaway favorites among New Jersey baseball fans, sweeping heavily populated North Jersey, which is in the New York TV market and topping the Philadelphia Phillies 44 - 20 percent statewide, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The New York Mets are the favorite Major League Baseball team for 21 percent of New Jersey fans, with 5 percent cheering for the Boston Red Sox, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

A total of 52 percent of New Jersey adults are "very interested" or "somewhat interested' in Major League Baseball. That includes 58 percent of men and 47 percent of women. Among these fans, the Yankees dominate in heavily urban and suburban areas of North Jersey, while the Phillies win the loyalty of 75 percent of fans in less populated South Jersey, which is in the Philadelphia TV market.

"Dress New Jersey baseball fans - men and women, young and old - in Yankee pinstripes. There are just about as many Yankee fans as there are Phillies and Mets backers combined. Only in the Philadelphia suburbs do the Phillies dominate," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From June 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,502 New Jersey adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed: http://ww.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

25. 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      	  20%    29%    12%    17%    21%    21%
Smwht interested     	  32     29     35     28     33     36
Not at all           	  47     42     52     54     46     42
DK/NA                	   -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     	                       Philly
                     	  Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very interested      	  25%    18%    19%    21%    21%
Smwht interested     	  32     30     34     38     31
Not at all           	  43     52     47     42     47
DK/NA                	   -      -      -      -      -
 
 
26. (If very or Somewhat Interested q25) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                          BASEBALL FANS Q25.....................
                                              AGE IN YRS........
                          Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Atlanta Braves             2%     3%     -      -      3%     2%
Boston Red Sox             5      4      6      8      4      4
Los Angeles Dodgers        1      -      1      -      1      1
New York Mets             21     24     17     20     19     23
New York Yankees          44     41     47     43     45     42
Philadelphia Phillies     20     17     22     22     18     21
Pittsburgh Pirates         1      1      -      -      1      1
Other specify              2      2      1      -      3      1
DK/NA                      3      4      3      4      3      4
 
                                               Philly
                          Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Atlanta Braves             3%     1%     -      5%     -
Boston Red Sox             5      5      7      5      4
Detroit Tigers             1      -      1      -      -
Los Angeles Dodgers        -      1      1      1      1
New York Mets             27     25     18      3     30
New York Yankees          58     55     63      4     39
Philadelphia Phillies      2      2      2     75     20
Pittsburgh Pirates         -      1      -      1      1
St. Louis Cardinals        1      -      -      -      -
Other specify              1      2      -      3      1
DK/NA                      3      6      3      2      3