August 18, 2008 - Buckeyes Rule Ohio Sports, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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Ohioans prefer Cleveland professional sports teams to the ones in Cincinnati, but they save their hearts for the Ohio State Buckeyes, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Looking at Major League Baseball, Ohio voters prefer the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Reds 51 - 34 percent. Turning to the National Football League, the Browns top the Bengals 55 - 30 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

But by a 58 - 28 percent margin, voters back the Ohio State Buckeyes over their favorite NFL team. By a smaller 42 - 38 percent margin, they support Buckeye basketball over the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Ohio is the Buckeye State and Ohio sports fans give their heart to the college team, unlike some states where college football isn't strong and professional sports are what matters," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"This may be due partially to the Buckeyes being more successful than the pro franchises, but the margin shows that it is more than just winning and losing."

Asked to name their favorite among the state's five professional sports teams:
  • 24 percent name the Browns;
  • 17 percent pick the Cavaliers;
  • 15 percent each for the Indians and the Bengals;
  • 14 percent root for the Reds.
From August 5 - 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,342 Ohio voters, 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 Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more data -- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, or call (203) 582-5201.

26. Of the five major professional sports teams in Ohio - baseball's Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, football's Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati's Bengals, and basketball's Cleveland Cavaliers, which is your favorite?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Reds                 14%    17%    11%    13%    14%    13%
Indians              15     18     15     13     12     18
Browns               24     24     24     24     30     18
Bengals              15     18     13     17     17     14
Cavaliers            17     11     19     20     15     18
DK/NA                15     13     17     14     12     18
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Reds                 17%     2%     5%    20%    35%    25%
Indians              10     27     18      7      2      4
Browns               26     31     35     19      7     14
Bengals              17      1      4     23     43     28
Cavaliers            13     27     18     12      1      9
DK/NA                17     12     20     19     12     21
 
 
27. When it comes to baseball, do you root more for the Cincinnati Reds or the Cleveland Indians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Reds                 34%    40%    30%    34%    37%    31%
Indians              51     50     55     48     49     52
DK/NA                16     11     16     18     14     17
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Reds                 37%     2%    17%    45%    87%    69%
Indians              41     88     56     24      5     13
DK/NA                22     10     27     31      9     18
 
 
28. When it comes to football, do you root more for the Cleveland Browns or the Cincinnati Bengals?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Browns               55%    52%    60%    51%    55%    55%
Bengals              30     34     25     33     32     28
DK/NA                15     15     15     16     13     17
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Browns               47%    83%    63%    42%    13%    28%
Bengals              33      6     13     34     78     51
DK/NA                20     11     25     24      8     20
 
 
29. Do you root harder for your favorite professional football team or the Ohio State Buckeyes?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Professional         28%    27%    32%    26%    31%    25%
Buckeyes             58     61     56     59     56     61
DK/NA                13     12     12     15     13     13
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Professional         15%    35%    19%    19%    45%    16%
Buckeyes             74     51     66     72     41     68
DK/NA                10     14     15      9     14     15
 
 
30. Do you root harder for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers or the Ohio State Buckeyes basketball team ?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom
 
Cavaliers            38%    32%    46%    32%    38%    38%
Buckeyes             42     48     37     47     43     42
DK/NA                20     20     17     21     20     20
 
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Cavaliers            22%    66%    18%    23%    16%    18%
Buckeyes             61     20     55     58     56     56
DK/NA                17     14     27     20     27     26