August 4, 2014 - Ohioans Forgive King James, Welcome Him Back, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Indians Top Reds As Favorite Buckeye Team
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By a 62 - 12 percent margin, Ohio adults forgive LeBron James for leaving Cleveland and approve 63 - 10 percent of the Cavaliers' decision to bring him back, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

There is almost no gender gap as 61 percent of men forgive James and 66 percent approve of his return, compared to 64 percent of women who forgive James and 60 percent who approve of his return, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Only 37 percent of Ohioans consider themselves Cavaliers fans, 53 percent of all adults have a favorable opinion of James, with 19 percent unfavorable and 20 percent who haven't heard enough about him to form an opinion.

James is worth what the Cavaliers paid to get him back, 41 percent of Ohio adults say, while 36 percent say the team paid too much, with 23 percent undecided.

"'Come back, LeBron. All is forgiven.' That's the message from six out of 10 Ohioans on the return of LeBron James," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll,

"Ohioans are positive on the return of LeBron James to Cleveland. A narrow plurality thinks he is worth the tens of millions he is being paid. In the only major gender gap regarding James, men say 51 - 27 percent that he is worth the big bucks, while women say 46 - 31 percent that the Cavs paid too much."

A total of 49 percent of Ohio adults say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.

Among those fans, 42 percent say the Cleveland Indians are their favorite team, while 34 percent cheer for the Cincinnati Reds, with 4 percent for the Pittsburgh Pirates and 3 percent each for the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.

There is almost no gender gap in the Indians-Reds rivalry as men back the Indians 43 - 35 percent and women cheer for Cleveland 40 - 33 percent.

"The Indians are Ohio's favorite Major League Baseball team even without winning a World Series in more than half a century," Brown said. "The Reds have been more successful historically, but have fewer fans. None of the out-of-state teams has more than a handful of support."

From July 24 - 28, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,539 Ohio adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado and the nation as a public service and for research.

For more information, visit http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

37. (All adults) How interested are you in following major league baseball; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      16%    18%    14%    15%    17%    14%    18%
Smwht interested     33     36     30     28     31     36     39
Not at all           50     45     55     57     51     50     43
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very interested      12%    18%    10%    20%    22%    15%
Smwht interested     25     38     25     23     41     33
Not at all           63     44     63     56     37     53
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      -      -
 
 
38. (If Very or Somewhat interested q37) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS....
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Cincinnati REDS      34%    35%    33%
Cleveland INDIANS    42     43     40
Atlanta BRAVES        2      2      1
Baltimore ORIOLES     1      1      -
Boston RED SOX        3      2      3
Chicago CUBS          1      2      -
Detroit TIGERS        3      3      3
Milwaukee BREWERS     1      1      1
New York METS         1      -      2
New York YANKEES      3      5      1
Pittsburgh PIRATES    4      3      4
St. Louis CARDINALS   1      1      1
DK/NA                 3      1      6
 
 
39. (All adults) How interested are you in following professional basketball; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS...................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      12%    14%    10%    16%    14%     8%    10%
Smwht interested     29     30     29     27     27     31     34
Not at all           58     56     61     57     59     61     55
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      -      -
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Very interested      12%    18%     9%     8%     6%     7%
Smwht interested     28     35     26     19     28     23
Not at all           60     47     65     73     66     69
DK/NA                 -      -      -      -      -      1
 
 
40. (All adults) Do you consider yourself a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers or not?
                     ALL ADULTS.............................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Bsktbl
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+    FanQ39
 
Yes                  37%    40%    34%    34%    36%    37%    40%    71%
No                   61     58     64     65     63     61     58     28
DK/NA                 2      1      2      2      1      2      2      2
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  29%    58%    26%    23%    12%    28%
No                   70     40     72     71     87     70
DK/NA                 1      2      2      6      1      2
 
 
41. (All adults) Is your opinion of LeBron James favorable, unfavorable, or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     ALL ADULTS....................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Bsktbl Cavs
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+    FanQ39 FanQ40
 
Favorable            53%    57%    50%    48%    53%    54%    57%    79%    84%
Unfavorable          19     17     22     24     22     18     13     11      9
Hvn't hrd enough     20     18     23     22     16     23     23      6      4
REFUSED               7      8      6      6      9      6      7      3      3
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Favorable            51%    65%    51%    40%    43%    40%
Unfavorable          19     19     15     21     23     20
Hvn't hrd enough     24      8     26     34     30     31
REFUSED               6      8      8      6      4     10
 
 
42. (All adults) Do you approve or disapprove of the Cavaliers' decision to bring back LeBron James?
                     ALL ADULTS....................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Bsktbl Cavs
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+    FanQ39 FanQ40
 
Approve              63%    66%    60%    69%    63%    59%    62%    85%    89%
Disapprove           10      7     13      8     11     12     10      6      6
DK/NA                27     26     27     23     26     29     28      9      5
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Approve              63%    73%    51%    50%    55%    53%
Disapprove            9     10     10     13      9     15
DK/NA                28     17     39     36     37     32
 
 
43. (All adults) Do you forgive LeBron James for leaving Cleveland or not?
                     ALL ADULTS....................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Bsktbl Cavs
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+    FanQ39 FanQ40
 
Yes                  62%    61%    64%    66%    63%    61%    60%    77%    81%
No                   12     12     12     13     11     12     12     12     11
DK/NA                26     27     24     20     26     26     28     11      7
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Yes                  64%    69%    56%    51%    58%    53%
No                    8     12      9     11     14     18
DK/NA                28     19     34     38     28     29
 
 
44. (All adults) Do you think the Cavaliers paid too much to get LeBron James back or do you think LeBron James is worth it?
                     ALL ADULTS....................................................
                                          AGE IN YRS..............    Bsktbl Cavs
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-29  30-49  50-64  65+    FanQ39 FanQ40
 
Paid too much        36%    27%    46%    36%    34%    39%    37%    28%    26%
Worth it             41     51     31     39     44     41     38     63     65
DK/NA                23     22     23     25     22     19     25     10      9
 
                     AREA.....................................
                     Cntrl  NrthE  NrthW  SthE   SthW   WstCnt
 
Paid too much        36%    34%    40%    47%    36%    40%
Worth it             36     52     31     27     36     35
DK/NA                29     15     29     26     28     25
 
 

Demographic Summary