June 20, 2013 - Women Lift Yankees Over Red Sox In Quinnipiac University's Annual Connecticut Baseball Playoff
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The Connecticut governor's race might be too close to call, but the New York Yankees have a 42 - 37 percent lead over the Boston Red Sox in the hearts of fans in Quinnipiac University's annual Connecticut Baseball Poll. Only 8 percent of fans cheer for the New York Mets.

A total of 52 percent of Connecticut adults are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Fans under 35 years old prefer the Yankees 50 - 36 percent, while older fans are more evenly divided between the two legendary rivals.

There is a gender gap as women back the Bombers 48 - 35 percent while men are divided with 40 percent for the Sox and 37 percent for the Yankees. Fairfield County goes to the Yankees 55 - 15 percent, while Hartford County goes to the Sox 50 - 35 percent. Boston also rules 49 - 32 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London Counties.

"The Red Sox may be leading the AL East, but the Yankees still lead in the hearts of Connecticut baseball fans," said Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll. "The Yankees benefit from their lead among young people and women. Unfortunately for Met fans they are still stuck in single digits.

From June 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,341 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, 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.

36. (All adults) How interested are you in following major league baseball; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all?
                     ALL ADULTS............................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Very interested      22%    28%    16%    18%    23%    23%
Smwht interested     30     28     31     24     30     32
Not at all           48     43     52     58     47     44
DK/NA                 -      -      1      -      1      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very interested      20%    21%    30%    23%    21%
Smwht interested     29     29     28     26     38
Not at all           51     48     42     50     41
DK/NA                 -      1      -      -      -
 
TREND: (All adults) How interested are you in following major league baseball; very interested, somewhat interested or not interested at all? (*High also 26% May 2007 **Low also 22% Apr 2012, Jun 2004)
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                                                             VERY INT......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 20  Apr 27  Jun 16  Jun 11  Jun 1   Jul 3   Jun 20
                     2013    2012    2011    2010    2009    2008*   2013**
 
Very interested      22      22      23      25      23      26      22
Somewhat interested  30      31      33      33      34      32      30
Not interested       48      45      44      42      43      41      48
DK/NA                 -       1       -       1       -       1       -
 
 
37. (If Very or Somewhat interested q36) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (* Subgroup size less than 75, additional caution should be taken when interpreting findings of this group because of the large margin of error)
                     BASEBALL FANS.........................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34* 35-54  55+
 
Boston RED SOX       37%    40%    35%    36%    39%    37%
New York YANKEES     42     37     48     50     40     42
Atlanta BRAVES        1      -      2      -      1      -
Chicago CUBS          1      -      1      -      -      1
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      1      -      -      1      1
New York METS         8      7      9      4      9      8
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      2      -      1      1      1
St. Louis CARDINALS   1      2      -      -      2      1
Other team            2      2      2      2      2      2
DK/NA                 2      3      2      4      -      3
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
                                     *
 
Boston RED SOX       15%    50%    46%    35%    49%
New York YANKEES     55     35     43     46     32
Atlanta BRAVES        2      -      1      1      -
Chicago CUBS          -      -      3      1      1
Los Angeles DODGERS   -      1      -      1      2
New York METS        15      3      6      8      7
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      2      -      1      2
St. Louis CARDINALS   3      1      -      1      -
Other team            2      3      -      1      3
DK/NA                 5      -      -      2      4
 
TREND: (If Very or Somewhat interested) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (Data available upon request back to May 2003)
                     BASEBALL FANS ........................................
                     Jun 20  Apr 27  Jun 16  Jun 11  Jun 1   Jul 3   May 14
                     2013    2012    2011    2010    2009    2008    2007
 
Atlanta Braves        1       -       -       1       -       1       1
Baltimore Orioles     -       1       -       1       1       1       1
Boston Red Sox       37      38      38      38      38      41      37
Chicago Cubs          1       -       1       1       1       1       -
Cincinnati Reds       -       -       1       -       1       -       -
Cleveland Indians     -       1       -       -       -       1       -
Colorado Rockies      -       -       1       1       -       -       -
Detroit Tigers        -       1       1       1       -       -       1
Los Angeles Dodgers   1       1       -       -       -       -       1
New York Mets         8       7       7      11       9       9      10
New York Yankees     42      43      43      39      42      40      43
Oakland Athletics     -       -       -       -       -       -       -
Philadelphia Phillies 1       1       1       -       1       1       -
Pittsburgh Pirates    -       -       -       -       1       -       -
St. Louis Cardinals   1       -       1       -       -       1       -
Minnesota Twins       -       -       1       -       -       -       -
Other                 2       1       -       1       1       -       1
DK/NA                 2       2       3       3       3       2       3
 
 

Demographic Summary