August 31, 2007 - Yankees, Jeter Are The Princes Of The City, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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By a 52 - 44 percent margin, New York City baseball fans back the Yankees over the Mets in a Subway Series, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Only Queens residents support the Mets, 55 - 40 percent. The strongest support for the Bombers comes from The Bronx, 66 - 31 percent.

The Yankees are the favorite team of 51 percent of New Yorkers while the Mets claim the hearts of 35 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Another 3 percent cheer for the Red Sox.

Derek Jeter is their favorite Bomber, according to 43 percent of Yankees fans, split evenly between men and women, followed by Alex Rodriguez with 15 percent.

For 27 percent of Mets fans, Jose Reyes is the top Amazin', followed by David Wright with 16 percent.

"It's still a Yankees town. And Jeter's still our favorite Yankee. Mets fans like Reyes" said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"You've heard that all politics is local? So is all sports fandom. Only Shea Stadium's neighbors in Queens would root for the Mets in a Subway Series. The Bronx cheers loudest for the Bronx Bombers."

From August 21 - 27, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,461 New York City residents, with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points, 729 baseball fans with a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

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.

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

                        ALL ADULTS.........
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Very interested 27% 37% 19% Smwht interested 29 28 30 Not at all 44 34 52 DK/NA - - -

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl

Very interested 31% 25% 30% 25% 31% Smwht interested 28 29 29 29 33 Not at all 41 46 40 47 36 DK/NA - - - - -

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

                        ALL ADULTS....
                        Aug 31  May 28
                        2007    2007


Very interested 27 23 Smwht interested 29 32 Not at all 44 45 DK/NA - -



17. (If "very" or "somewhat" q16) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q16.....................
                        Tot     Men     Wom


New York YANKEES 51% 51% 52% New York METS 35 35 35 Boston RED SOX 3 2 4 Cleveland INDIANS 1 1 1 OTHER(VOL) 2 2 2 DK/NA 5 6 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl

New York YANKEES 67% 53% 50% 40% 54% New York METS 25 35 25 48 40 Boston RED SOX - 2 9 2 - Cleveland INDIANS - - 2 - - OTHER(VOL) 2 1 2 2 - DK/NA 4 7 4 5 5



TREND: (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested in major league baseball) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                        BASEBALL FANS 
                        Aug 31  May 28
                        2007    2007


St. Louis CARDINALS - 1 Los Angeles DODGERS - 1 Cleveland INDIANS 1 - New York METS 35 36 Baltimore ORIOLES - 1 Boston RED SOX 3 3 New York YANKEES 51 50 OTHER SPECIFY 2 1 DK/NA 5 5



18a. (If "Yankees q17) Who is your favorite Yankee?

                        YANKEE FANS Q17.....
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Yogi Berra 1% 1% - Jason Giambi 1 1 1 Derek Jeter 43 42 43 Mickey Mantle 1 1 - Hideki Matsui 2 2 2 Don Mattingly 1 2 - Paul O'Neill 1 - 2 Andy Pettitte 1 2 - Jorge Posada 4 4 3 Mariano Rivera 5 7 2 Alex Rodriguez 15 17 13 Joe Torre 1 2 - Bernie Williams 2 - 4 No favorite/Like whole team 7 6 9 Other SPECIFY 5 6 5 DK/NA 9 5 15



TREND: (If Yankee fan) Who is your favorite Yankee?

                        YANKEE FANS...
                        Aug 31  May 28
                        2007    2007


Yogi Berra 1 - Roger Clemens - 2 Jason Giambi 1 2 Derek Jeter 43 43 Mickey Mantle 1 1 Hideki Matsui 2 2 Don Mattingly 1 2 Paul O'Neill 1 - Andy Pettitte 1 2 Jorge Posada 4 4 Mariano Rivera 5 5 Alex Rodriguez 15 10 Alfonso Soriano - 1 Joe Torre 1 - Bernie Williams 2 3 No favorite/Like whole team 7 12 Other SPECIFY 5 3 DK/NA 9 8



18b. (If "Mets" q17) Who is your favorite Met?

                        MET FANS Q17.......
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Carlos Beltran 6 8 5 Tom Glavine 1 - 2 Gil Hodges 1 1 - Pedro Martinez 4 5 3 Mike Piazza 2 2 2 Jose Reyes 27 29 24 Willie Randolph 4 6 3 David Wright 16 20 10 No favorite/Like whole team 15 12 18 Other SPECIFY 9 10 8 DK/NA 15 7 24



TREND: (If Mets fan) Who is your favorite Met?

                        MET FANS......
                        Aug 31  May 28
                        2007    2007


Carlos Beltran 6 7 Tom Glavine 1 2 Gil Hodges 1 1 Pedro Martinez 4 2 Mike Piazza 2 3 Jose Reyes 27 18 Willie Randolph 4 4 Mookie Wilson - 2 David Wright 16 14 No favorite/Like whole team 15 19 Other SPECIFY 9 10 DK/NA 15 18



19. If there was a subway World Series this season, who would you want to win it - the Yankees or the Mets?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q16.....................
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Yankees 52% 52% 52% Mets 44 44 44 DK/NA 4 4 4

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl

Yankees 66% 52% 54% 40% 55% Mets 31 44 41 55 44 DK/NA 3 4 5 5 1

TREND: If there was a subway World Series this season, who would you want to win it - the Yankees or the Mets?

                        BASEBALL FANS
                        Aug 31  May 28
                        2007    2007


Yankees 52 49 Mets 44 48 DK/NA 4 3