June 21, 2010 - Love For Yankees Grows In Garden State, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 90 Percent Of New Jerseyans Welcome Super Bowl XLVIII

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The New York Yankees have more fans in New Jersey than the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets combined and lead the Phillies 2-1 in a repeat World Series matchup, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Of the 55 percent of New Jersey residents who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball, 47 percent list the Yankees as their favorite team, with 21 percent for the Mets and 20 percent for the Phillies. This compares to 44 percent for the Yankees, 21 percent for the Mets and 20 percent for the Phillies in a June 11, 2009, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Among all adults, 55 percent would like to see the Yankees repeat as World Series champions, while 28 percent are pulling for the Phillies. This compares to a 58 - 28 percent Yankees lead in an October 29 survey. The Yankees rule in North Jersey 71 - 12 percent while the Phillies are on top in South Jersey 63 - 25 percent. Central Jersey goes with the Bronx Bombers 58 - 22 percent.

"Baseball in New Jersey is a battle of North and South. The New York Yankees dominate in the North, where most of the people live, and Central Jersey, which gets New York television," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Even the Mets pick up a little love among all those ex-Dodger fans who moved to New Jersey."

"But in Philly-land, the Deep South of the Garden State, we root for the Phillies."

Turning to football, a total of 65 percent of New Jersey residents are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in the National Football League.

Among all Garden State residents, 80 percent approve of the choice of the Meadowlands for the 2014 Super Bowl and 90 percent say having the Super Bowl in New Jersey is a "good thing." Results among men and women and among all age groups for both questions are almost identical.

"Two-thirds of us follow the NFL and just about all of us are happy that the Super Bowl will be coming to the Meadowlands, the home (as everyone here knows) of the New Jersey Giants and the New Jersey Jets," Carroll said.

From June 10 - 15, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,650 New Jersey adults, with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 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://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

39. (All Adults) 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      24%    31%    18%    22%    22%    28%
Smwht interested     31     34     28     30     30     33
Not at all           45     36     54     47     48     40
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     South  Centrl North
Very interested      31%    25%    19%
Smwht interested     30     28     32
Not at all           39     47     49
DK/NA                 -      -      -
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS....
                     Jun 21  Jun 11
                     2010    2009
Very interested      24      20
Smwht interested     31      32
Not at all           45      47
DK/NA                 -       -
 
 
40. (If very or smwht interested q39) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS.........................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Baltimore Orioles     1%     1%     -      -      1%     -
Boston Red Sox        3      4      3      4      3      3
Los Angeles Dodgers   1      1      1      -      2      1
New York Mets        21     21     20     15     26     18
New York Yankees     47     46     48     53     42     48
Phldlph Phillies     20     21     18     19     16     24
San Francisco Giants  1      1      -      2      -      -
Other                 2      2      2      -      3      2
DK/NA                 3      2      5      5      2      3
 
                     South  Centrl North
Baltimore Orioles     1%     1%     -
Boston Red Sox        1      6      3
Los Angeles Dodgers   -      1      1
New York Mets        11     23     26
New York Yankees     20     57     60
Phldlph Phillies     59      5      1
San Francisco Giants  -      -      1
Other                 2      1      2
DK/NA                 1      3      5
 
TREND: (If very or somewhat interested q39) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS Q39
                     Jun 21  Jun 11
                     2010    2009
Atlanta Braves        -       2
Baltimore Orioles     1       -
Boston Red Sox        3       5
Los Angeles Dodgers   1       1
New York Mets        21      21
New York Yankees     47      44
Phldlph Phillies     20      20
Pittsburgh Pirates    -       1
San Francisco Giants  1       -
Other                 2       2
DK/NA                 3       3
 
 
41. (All Adults) Who would you like to see win the World Series - the Yankees or the Phillies?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Yankees              55%    53%    57%    55%    57%    54%
Phillies             28     30     26     35     24     29
DK/NA                16     17     16     10     19     17
 
                     South  Centrl North
Yankees              25%    58%    71%
Phillies             63     22     12
DK/NA                12     20     17
 
TREND: (All Adults) Who would you like to see win the World Series - the Yankees or the Phillies?
                     ALL ADULTS....
                     Jun 21  Oct 29
                     2010    2009
Yankees              55      58
Phillies             28      28
DK/NA                16      14
 
 
42. (All Adults) How interested are you in following the NFL - very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Very interested      34%    49%    21%    36%    39%    28%
Smwht interested     31     29     34     33     30     32
Not at all           33     22     44     31     30     39
DK/NA                 1      -      1      -      1      1
 
                     South  Centrl North
Very interested      42%    34%    30%
Smwht interested     30     29     34
Not at all           28     37     35
DK/NA                 1      -      1
 
 
43. (All Adults) Do you approve or disapprove of the choice of the Meadlowlands for the 2014 Super Bowl?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              80%    80%    80%    78%    82%    80%
Disapprove            9     12      6     11      8      8
DK/NA                11      8     14     11     10     12
 
                     South  Centrl North
Approve              77%    81%    82%
Disapprove           11      8      8
DK/NA                12     11     10
 
 
44. (All Adults) Do you think having the Super Bowl in the Meadowlands will be a good thing or a bad thing for New Jersey?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                                          AGE IN YRS.......
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
Good thing           90%    91%    89%    84%    93%    91%
Bad thing             5      5      4      9      3      3
DK/NA                 5      4      7      7      4      6
 
                     South  Centrl North
Good thing           87%    91%    92%
Bad thing             7      3      4
DK/NA                 6      6      4