March 25, 2009 - New Yorkers To Mayor: Take Me Out To The Ballgame, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; Yankees Top Mets In Hearts Of New York Fans

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By a narrow 49 - 46 percent margin, New Yorkers would like to go to a baseball game with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Since 49 percent of all New Yorkers say they are "not at all" interested in Major League Baseball, that's probably not a bad fan base.

In an open-ended question, the 50 percent of adult New Yorkers who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball were asked to pick their favorite team. The Yankees are number one, at 56 percent, with the Mets at 33 percent, followed by 3 percent for the Red Sox, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Baseball fans want to see a game with Mayor Bloomberg 60 - 38 percent, 61 - 37 percent among Yankees fans and 57 - 39 percent among Mets fans.

If the Yankees face the Mets in a Subway Series, 55 percent of New York City fans back the Bombers and 42 percent pull for the Amazins. The Mets win 51 - 46 percent in Queens, while the Yankees are number one in the other boroughs, especially The Bronx 69 - 30 percent.

"While it's a close call among all New Yorkers, seeing a ballgame with Mayor Mike is a big hit among baseball fans," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Yankees fans especially would like Mayor Bloomberg to buy them some peanuts and crackerjacks.

"Except for Queens, New York City still is the home of the Bronx Bombers, who are favored in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island, too."

When New Yorkers are given four teams from which to choose, 42 percent of adults list the Yankees as their favorite team, with 28 percent who cite the Mets, 7 percent who follow the Brooklyn Cyclones and 3 percent who cheer for the Staten Island Yankees.

Interest in the new Yankee Stadium and the Mets Citi Field is about even as 30 percent of adults say they plan a trip to The Bronx to see the new stadium, compared to 29 percent who plan a trip to Flushing to see the new home of the Mets.

"If we can't go with Mayor Bloomberg, then we'll watch on TV. Two thirds of New Yorkers don't plan to visit the new stadiums this year," Carroll said.

Derek Jeter is the favorite of 48 percent of Bombers fans, including 51 percent of women and 46 percent of men. Alex Rodriguez gets the nod from only 9 percent of pinstripe fans, followed by Mariano Rivera at 5 percent.

David Wright is the most Amazin' for 27 percent of Mets fans, with 17 percent cheering for Jose Reyes and 4 percent for Carlos Beltran.

"Derek Jeter owns the hearts of Yankee fans. With the Mets, it's more of a collective: David Wright, followed by the whole team," Carroll said. "And A-Rod's off-field antics are taking a toll on his popularity."

From March 17 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,362 New York City adults, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 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 or RSS feed - http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

34. 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      19%    29%    11%    22%    16%    17%    21%    25%
Smwht interested     31     31     32     33     33     27     31     32
Not at all           49     40     56     44     50     56     48     43
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      -
 
TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball- very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS............
                     Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Very interested      19      27      23
Smwht interested     31      29      32
Not at all           49      44      45
DK/NA                 1       -       -
 
 
35. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' q34) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS (VERY or SMWHT Q34).....................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
New York Yankees     56%    60%    52%    68%    52%    65%    46%    62%
New York Mets        33     29     38     22     35     22     43     34
Boston Red Sox        3      3      2      2      4      4      -      1
Los Angeles Dodgers   1      1      1      1      1      2      -      2
OTHER SPECIFY         1      -      1      -      1      -      1      -
DK/NA                 4      3      5      5      3      2      6      1
 
TREND: (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested in major league baseball) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS.........
                     Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Baltimore Orioles     -       -       1
Boston Red Sox        3       3       3
Cleveland Indians     -       1       -
Los Angeles Dodgers   1       -       1
New York Mets        33      35      36
New York Yankees     56      51      50
St. Louis Cardinals   -       -       1
OTHER SPECIFY         1       2       1
DK/NA                 4       5       5
 
 
36. (If Yankee fan) Who is your favorite Yankee?
                     YANKEE FANS Q35..
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Johnny Damon          1      1      1 
Derek Jeter          48     46     51 
Mickey Mantle         1      2      - 
Hideki Matsui         2      2      1 
Don Mattingly         2      3      - 
Paul O'Neill          1      1      2 
Jorge Posada          3      3      2 
Mariano Rivera        5      7      3 
Alex Rodriguez        9      7     12 
Babe Ruth             1      1      1 
Joe Torre             1      1      - 
Bernie Williams       2      3      - 
No favorite/Like
 whole team           9      9      9 
Other                 5      4      6 
DK/NA                 9     10      8 
 
TREND: (If Yankee fan) Who is your favorite Yankee?
                     YANKEE FANS...........
                     Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Yogi Berra            -       1       -
Roger Clemens         -       -       2
Johnny Damon          1       -       -
Jason Giambi          -       1       2
Derek Jeter          48      43      43
Mickey Mantle         1       1       1
Hideki Matsui         2       2       2
Don Mattingly         2       1       2
Paul O'Neill          1       1       -
Andy Pettitte         -       1       2
Jorge Posada          3       4       4
Mariano Rivera        5       5       5
Alex Rodriguez        9      15      10
Babe Ruth             1       -       -
Alfonso Soriano       -       -       1
Joe Torre             1       1       -
Bernie Williams       2       2       3
No favorite/Like
 whole team           9       7      12
Other                 5       5       3
DK/NA                 9       9       8
 
 
37. (If Mets fan) Who is your favorite Met?
                     METS FANS Q35....
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Carlos Beltran        4      5      3 
Al Leiter             1      3      - 
Pedro Martinez        2      -      3 
Mike Piazza           1      1      1 
Jose Reyes           17     27      8 
Mookie Wilson         1      -      1 
David Wright         27     31     23 
No favorite/Like
 whole team          20     10     28 
Other                11     11     12 
DK/NA                17     12     21 
 
TREND: (If Mets fan) Who is your favorite Met?
                     METS FANS.............
                     Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Carlos Beltran        4       6       7
Tom Glavine           -       1       2
Gil Hodges            -       1       1
Al Leiter             1
Pedro Martinez        2       4       2
Mike Piazza           1       2       3
Jose Reyes           17      27      18
Willie Randolph       -       4       4
Mookie Wilson         1       -       2
David Wright         27      16      14
No favorite/Like
 whole team          20      15      19
Other                11       9      10
DK/NA                17      15      18
 
 
38. (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested q34)If there was a subway World Series this season, who would you want to win it - the Yankees or the Mets?
                     BASEBALL FANS (VERY or SMWHT Q34).....................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Yankees              55%    59%    51%    69%    52%    61%    46%    61%
Mets                 42     39     46     30     45     37     51     39
DK/NA                 2      1      4      1      3      2      3      -
 
TREND: (If 'very' or 'somewhat' interested in major league baseball) If there was a subway World Series this season, who would you want to win it - the Yankees or the Mets?
                     BASEBALL FANS.........
                     Mar 25  Aug 31  May 28
                     2009    2007    2007
 
Yankees              55      52      49
Mets                 42      44      48
DK/NA                 2       4       3
 
 
39. Do you plan on going to the new Yankee stadium to watch a Yankee home game this season, or not?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Yes                  30%    36%    25%    41%    25%    35%    24%    30%
No                   66     60     71     53     72     62     71     67
DK/NA                 4      4      4      6      3      3      5      3
 
TREND: Do you plan on going to a Yankees home game this season, or not? (* to the new Yankee stadium to watch...)
                     Mar 25  Apr 1   Apr 1   Mar 16
                     2009*   2005    2002    2000
 
Yes                  30%     37      40      43
No                   66      61      55      52
DK/NA                 4       2       4       5
 
 
40. Do you plan on going to the new Mets stadium to watch a Met home game this season, or not?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Yes                  29%    32%    26%    24%    28%    27%    36%    21%
No                   67     64     70     71     70     70     59     77
DK/NA                 4      3      4      5      2      4      5      2
 
TREND: Do you plan on going to a Met home game this season, or not? (* to the new Mets stadium to watch...)
                     Mar 25  Apr 1   Apr 1   Mar 16
                     2009*   2005    2002    2000
 
Yes                   29%    27      32      31
No                    67     70      64      62
DK/NA                  4      3       4       7
 
 
41. Critics of the new Yankee Stadium say the city is giving the Yankees taxpayer dollars to build the stadium. Supporters say the city is approving loans which must be repaid by the Yankees and not directly giving the Yankees any money. Who do you believe?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Critics              49%    48%    50%    47%    56%    47%    46%    42%
Supporters           28     30     25     30     22     27     31     34
DK/NA                23     21     25     23     22     26     23     24
 
TREND: Critics of the new Yankee Stadium say the city is giving the Yankees taxpayer dollars to build the stadium. Supporters say the city is approving loans which must be repaid by the Yankees and not directly giving the Yankees any money. Who do you believe?
                     Mar 25  Jan 28
                     2009    2009
 
Critics              49      55
Supporters           28      27
DK/NA                23      18
 
 
42. Critics of the new Mets Stadium say the city is giving the Mets taxpayer dollars to build the stadium. Supporters say the city is approving loans which must be repaid by the Mets and not directly giving the Mets any money. Who do you believe?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Critics              47%    46%    47%    44%    54%    47%    42%    35%
Supporters           28     31     27     29     23     25     34     38
DK/NA                25     23     26     27     22     28     24     27
 
 
43. Which of the following would you say is your favorite team - the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the Staten Island Yankees, the Brooklyn Cyclones?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
NY Yankees           42%    48%    38%    56%    37%    51%    36%    31%
NY Mets              28     28     28     22     27     22     38     29
StIs. Yankees         3      3      3      3      1      1      1     28
Brooklyn Cyclones     7      6      8      1     16      3      6      1
DK/NA                20     16     23     18     20     23     19     11
 
 
44. Would you like to go to a baseball game with Mayor Bloomberg?
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Brnx   Kngs   Man    Qns    StIsl
 
Yes                  49%    54%    45%    42%    49%    57%    45%    58%
No                   46     41     49     52     45     38     50     40
Don't like
 baseball (VOL)       2      1      3      2      4      2      1      1
DK/NA                 3      3      3      4      2      3      4      1
 
                     BASEBALL FANS........
                     Tot    Mets   Yankees
 
Yes                  60%    57%    61%
No                   38     39     37
Don't like
 baseball (VOL)       -      -      -
DK/NA                 2      4      2