May 28, 2007 - Subway Series Splits New York Right Down The Middle, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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If there is a Subway World Series in New York City this year, 49 percent of baseball fans would cheer for the Yankees while 48 percent would back the Mets, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Queens fans back the Mets 57 - 39 percent while Bronx fans back the Bombers 58 - 40 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

A total of 55 percent of New York City adults say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball. Of that group, 50 percent say the Yankees are their favorite team, with 36 percent who list the Mets, 3 percent who say they are Red Sox fans and a scattering of support for other teams.

But all those fans of other teams back the Mets against the Yankees in a Subway Series.

Derek Jeter is the favorite of 43 percent of Yankees fans, followed by Alex Rodriguez with 10 percent. Jose Reyes is the top player for 18 percent of Mets fans, with 14 percent picking David Wright.

"Kids grow up all over America, cheering for their local team, and rooting against the New York Yankees. And when they move to New York, they still boo the Bronx Bombers and that gives us this amazin' Subway Series split," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From May 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,261 New York City adults, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio and nationwide as a public service and for research. For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x271.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

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

                        ALL ADULTS ...........................................
                        Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl


Very interested 23% 33% 14% 24% 21% 26% 20% 33% Smwht interested 32 28 35 27 35 29 34 29 Not at all 45 39 50 48 44 45 46 37 DK/NA - - - - - - - 1



24. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested q23) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q23.................................
                        Tot     Men     Wom    Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns 


New York YANKEES 50% 48% 53% 54% 46% 61% 42% New York METS 36 38 34 31 39 21 49 Baltimore ORIOLES 1 - 1 - - - 1 Boston RED SOX 3 2 3 4 3 5 - Los Angeles DODGERS 1 1 - - - 2 1 St. Louis CARDINALS 1 2 - 3 - 2 - OTHER SPECIFY 1 1 1 1 - - 2 DK/NA 5 3 7 5 9 3 3



25a. (If Yankee fan q24) Who is your favorite Yankee?

                        YANKEE FANS Q24....
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Roger Clemens 2 2 2 Jason Giambi 2 - 3 Derek Jeter 43 39 48 Mickey Mantle 1 1 1 Hideki Matsui 2 3 1 Don Mattingly 2 3 1 Andy Pettitte 2 2 2 Jorge Posada 4 6 2 Mariano Rivera 5 7 2 Alex Rodriguez 10 11 9 Alfonso Soriano 1 - 1 Bernie Williams 3 4 3 No favorite/Like whole team 12 11 13 Other SPECIFY 3 3 3 DK/NA 8 6 9



25b. (If Mets fan q24) Who is your favorite Met?

                        MET FAN Q24........
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Carlos Beltran 7 11 3 Tom Glavine 2 3 - Gil Hodges 1 1 1 Pedro Martinez 2 1 3 Mike Piazza 3 3 3 Jose Reyes 18 26 8 Willie Randolph 4 3 4 Mookie Wilson 2 3 1 David Wright 14 14 14 No favorite/Like whole team 19 13 27 Other SPECIFY 10 10 10 DK/NA 18 12 25



26. (Baseball fans q23) If there was a subway World Series this season, who would you want to win it - the Yankees or the Mets?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q23.................................
                        Tot     Men     Wom    Brnx    Kngs    Man     Qns


Yankees 49% 47% 51% 58% 43% 61% 39% Mets 48 51 44 40 54 37 57 DK/NA 3 2 5 2 4 3 4