July 18, 2006 - Yankees Still Number 1 In New York, Quinnipiac University New York City Poll Finds; Mets Have Won More Fans In Last 8 Years
New York City voters say 46 - 37 percent that they want the Yankees to beat the Mets in a Subway Series, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

While there has been little change in New Yorkers' baseball loyalties since the start of the season, the Mets have gained a lot of ground since they trailed the Yankees 60 - 28 percent when the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll first asked the question in 1998.

Almost half of all New York City voters - 49 percent - say they are Yankees fans, with 48 percent who say they are not.

The Mets are first in the hearts of 42 percent of New Yorkers, with 56 percent who say they aren't fans.

"The Mets are the comeback team in the standings, but not in the hearts of New Yorkers this year. But they have won more fans since we first started asking this question eight years ago," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From July 5- 10, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,041 New York City registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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

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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 49% 64% 48% 46% 48% 47% 57% No 48 35 49 51 49 52 40 DK/NA 2 1 3 3 2 2 3

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 63% 45% 54% 37% 67% 51% 48% No 36 51 44 61 31 47 49 DK/NA 2 4 2 1 2 2 3

TREND: Do you think of yourself as a New York Yankees fan, or not?

                        Jul 18  Apr 17  Apr 1   Apr 1   Mar 16  Jul 28  Apr 9
                        2006    2005    2005    2002    2000    1998    1998 


Yes 49 52 51 56 57 56 51 No 48 45 48 41 40 42 47 DK/NA 2 3 1 3 3 2 3



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yes 42% 45% 41% 40% 40% 40% 50% No 56 53 57 59 57 58 48 DK/NA 2 2 2 1 2 2 2

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yes 41% 37% 36% 52% 49% 43% 40% No 58 60 61 47 51 55 57 DK/NA 2 3 3 1 - 2 3

TREND: Do you think of yourself as a New York Mets fan, or not?

                        Jul 18  Apr 17  Apr 1   Apr 1   Mar 16  Jul 28  Apr 9
                        2006    2006    2005    2002    2000    1998    1998


Yes 42 38 35 42 46 38 44 No 56 59 63 55 52 60 54 DK/NA 2 4 1 3 2 2 2



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

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Wht     Blk     Hisp


Yankees 46% 62% 44% 44% 43% 49% 53% Mets 37 29 41 34 40 36 34 DK/NA 17 9 15 22 18 15 13

Brnx Kngs Man Qns StIsl Men Wom

Yankees 63% 45% 52% 30% 53% 46% 46% Mets 28 34 30 52 39 38 36 DK/NA 8 21 19 18 8 16 18

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

                        Jul 18  Apr 17  Apr 1   Apr 1   Mar 16  Jul 28
                        2006    2006    2005    2002    2000    1998


Yankees 46 48 51 47 52 60 Mets 37 36 36 38 35 28 DK/NA 17 17 13 14 13 13