July 28, 1998 - New Yorkers Love The Yanks, Want Them In The Bronx, Quinnipiac College Poll Finds; Voters Also Oppose City Funding For New Mets Stadium
By an 81 - 10 percent margin, New York City voters want to keep the Yankees in The Bronx, according to a Quinnipiac College Poll released today.

When offered a choice on how to keep the Yankees from moving to New Jersey, 84 percent of voters prefer fixing up the current stadium and the surrounding Bronx neighborhood, while 10 percent favor building a new stadium on Manhattan's West Side.

If the only way to keep the Yankees in New York were to build a West Side stadium, New York City voters still reject the idea 41 - 54 percent.

A total of 53 percent of New Yorkers say they've heard "a lot" or "some" about a proposed referendum to ban the use of public funds for a new stadium in Manhattan, while 25 percent say they've heard "only a little" and 21 percent say they've heard "nothing at all."

When asked who should decide such an issue, 79 percent say citizens should vote directly, while 18 percent say the matter should be left to the Mayor and City Council.

Whether there is a referendum or not, 71 percent of New York City voters say the city should not spend money to build a new stadium in Manhattan, while 24 percent support city funding for a new stadium.

"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town. The Bronx -- with the Yankees -- is up. Everything else is down," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac College Polling Institute. "Overwhelmingly, New Yorkers want the Yankees to stay in The House that Ruth Built.

"By a solid majority, New Yorkers say they wouldn't put up city money for a West Side stadium even if it were the only way to keep the Yankees on this side of the Hudson," Carroll added. "That's because New Yorkers just don't believe that the Yankees are leaving. By a 71 - 14 percent majority, they believe the Yankees are staying in New York."

Fifty-six percent of New York voters say they are Yankees fans, while 42 percent say they are not; 38 percent say they are Mets fans, while 60 percent say they are not.

Voters oppose 31 - 55 percent having New York City build a new stadium for the Mets. Even Mets fans oppose the idea 42 - 51 percent.

By a 54 - 40 percent margin, voters say it's a good idea to guarantee the Yankees 3 million attendance by buying unsold tickets and distributing them to school children. Yankee fans support the idea 62 - 32 percent. Men split 47 - 49 percent and women back the idea 60 - 33 percent.

By a 75 - 16 percent margin, voters say it's a good idea to build a new Metro North station at Yankee Stadium, with similar results among men, women and Yankees fans.

"Women back that idea of giving Yankees tickets to school kids almost 2 - 1," Carroll said. "And 68 percent of all New Yorkers say it's important to keep the Yankees in The Bronx, with the same results among men and women. Is it important to keep the Yankees in New York? Men and women agree, with the total at 77 percent. Among Yankee fans, 91 percent say it's important to keep The Bombers in the Big Apple.

"And everyone has an opinion. There are almost no undecided voters here."

By a 61 - 17 percent margin, New Yorkers expect the Yankees to break the record for most wins in a season. And if there is a Subway Series, New Yorkers back the Yankees over the Mets 60 - 28 percent.

From July 15 - 21, Quinnipiac College surveyed 642 New York City residents who say they are registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.9 percent. The Quinnipiac College Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut as a public service and for research. For additional data: www.quinnipiac.edu

18. Do you think of yourself as a New York Yankees fan, or not?

                                                Apr 9
                          Tot    Men     Wom     1998


Yes 56% 59% 54% 51%

No 42 40 44 47

DK/NA 2 2 1 3



19. Would you like to see the Yankees continue to play in their current stadium in the Bronx or would you like to see the team move?

                                 Yankee                  Apr 9
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     1998


Stay 81% 84% 78% 84% 81%

Move 10 11 12 8 7

DK/NA 9 5 11 8 13



20. There is talk that the New York Yankees might leave their current stadium in the Bronx to play in New Jersey. New York City is considering different ideas to encourage the Yankees to stay in New York City. Which do you prefer?

                                 Yankee                  Apr 9
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     1998


Have New York City build a new stadium for the Yankees on the West Side of Manhattan. 10% 13% 12% 9% 12%

Have New York City improve the current Yankee stadiumand the surrounding Bronx neighborhood. 84 84 81 87 81

SOMETHING ELSE(VOL) 1 1 1 1 1

NEITHER(VOL) 2 - 2 1 2

DK/NA 2 2 4 1 4



21. How much have you heard or read about a proposed referendum to ban the use of public funds to build a new Yankee stadium in Manhattan? A lot, some, only a little, or nothing at all?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     


A lot 24% 24% 29% 21%

Some 29 30 30 28

Only a little 25 26 22 27

Nothing at all 21 19 18 24

DK/NA 1 - 1 1



22. Do you think citizens should be able to vote directly on whether to ban the use of public funds for a new Yankee stadium in Manhattan or do you think the question of public funding for a new Yankee stadium in Manhattan should be left up to the Mayor and City Council?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     


Citizens vote directly 79% 79% 78% 80%

Mayor & City Council decide 18 18 19 16



23. Regardless of whether there is a referendum or not, do you think the New York City government should or should not spend money to build a new Yankee stadium in Manhattan?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     


Should spend money 24% 32% 23% 25%

Should not spend money 71 65 70 71

DK/NA 5 3 7 4



24. Suppose the only way to keep the Yankees in New York City was to build a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan. Would you favor or oppose New York City building a new stadium for the Yankees on the West Side of Manhattan?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     


Favor 41% 51% 40% 41%

Oppose 54 45 54 54

DK/NA 5 4 6 5



25. Have you ever been to a New York Yankee home game?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom    


Yes 75% 87% 82% 69%

No 25 13 18 31



26. If the Yankees moved to a new stadium on the West Side of Manhattan, would you be more likely to go to a Yankee home game, less likely, or wouldn't it make a difference?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


More likely 17% 23% 23% 12%

Less likely 21 24 22 20

Wouldn't make a diff. 59 52 53 64

DK/NA 2 2 1 3



27. Some have suggested that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority build a Metro North Train Station at Yankee stadium? Do you think this is a good

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


Good idea 75% 78% 78% 73%

Bad idea 16 15 15 18

DK/NA 8 6 7 9



28. Some have suggested that New York City should guarantee a Yankee attendance of 3 million by having the City purchase unsold tickets and distribute them to school children. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


Good idea 54% 62% 47% 60%

Bad idea 40 32 49 33

DK/NA 6 5 5 7



29. How important is it to you that the Yankees stay in their current Stadium in the Bronx? Very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not important at all?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


Very important 33% 43% 34% 32%

Smwht important 34 34 34 35

Not very important 17 14 16 17

Not important at all 14 7 15 14

DK/NA 2 1 2 2



30. How important is it to you that the Yankees stay in New York City? Very important, somewhat important, not very important, or not important at all?

                                 Yankee                  Oct 31
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     1995


Very important 46% 60% 47% 46% 43%

Smwht important 31 31 29 33 23

Not very important 10 5 12 9 8

Not important at all 11 4 12 11 23

DK/NA 1 1 1 1 2



31. Do you think the Yankees will ultimately move to New Jersey or stay in New York City?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


Move to NJ 14% 11% 14% 15%

Stay in NYC 71 78 74 69

DK/NA 15 11 13 17



32. Do you think the Yankees will break the record for most wins in a season this year or not?

                                 Yankee                  
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom


Yes 61% 73% 62% 59%

No 17 16 20 14

DK/NA 23 11 18 27



33. Do you think of yourself as a New York Mets fan, or not?

                                                 Apr  9
                          Tot     Men     Wom     1998 


Yes 38% 44% 32% 44%

No 60 54 66 54

DK/NA 2 2 2 2



34. Do you favor or oppose New York City building a new stadium for the Mets next to Shea stadium?

                                  Mets                   Apr 9
                          Tot     Fan     Men     Wom     1998


Favor 31% 42% 37% 26% 36%

Oppose 55 51 53 56 51

DK/NA 15 7 10 18 13



35. How likely do you think it is that there will be a subway World Series this season, where the Yankees play the Mets - very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely or not likely at all?

                          Tot     Men     Wom


Very likely 8% 5% 10%

Smwht likely 26 18 33

Not very likely 27 29 25

Not likely at all 28 41 17

DK/NA 12 6 16



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

                          Tot     Men     Wom


Yankees 60% 59% 60%

Mets 28 31 25

DK/NA 13 10 15