April 27, 2012 - Yankees Top Red Sox In Quinnipiac University Poll's Annual Connecticut Baseball Playoff

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Connecticut baseball fans back the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 43 - 38 percent, the fourth straight year of Yankee dominance in the state, according to Quinnipiac University's annual Connecticut Baseball Poll.

While the Red Sox are the favorites, 46 - 34 percent, of fans over 65 years old, the Bronx Bombers lead in other age groups, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Women fans prefer the Yankees 45 - 39 percent while men back the Bombers 42 - 37 percent.

A total of 53 percent of Connecticut adults say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball. Trailing the Yankees and Red Sox in that group are the New York Mets with 7 percent. No other team scores above 1 percent.

The Yankees are on top 54 - 18 percent in Fairfield County and 46 - 36 percent in New Haven and Middlesex Counties, while the Red Sox lead 47 - 37 percent in Hartford County and 57 - 29 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London Counties.

"The New York Yankees have topped the Boston Red Sox in every one of Quinnipiac University's 10 annual polls of Connecticut baseball fans, except for a 41 - 40 percent split, tipping to the Red Sox, in 2008," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. "The Yankees lead is due to their big advantage in Fairfield County. The Yankees continue to do better among younger fans while the Red Sox are stronger among older fans."

From April 18 - 23, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,933 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 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, and the nation as a public service and for research.

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31. (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  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Very interested      22%    31%    15%    22%    24%    22%    23%
Smwht interested     31     34     28     29     28     34     34
Not at all           45     34     56     48     46     43     43
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      3      1      -
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
 
Very interested      22%    24%    17%    23%    21%
Smwht interested     33     34     22     31     27
Not at all           43     42     61     46     50
DK/NA                 3      1      -      -      2
 
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% Jun 2004)
                     ALL ADULTS............................................
                                                             VERY INT......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 27  Jun 16  Jun 11  Jun 1   Jul 3   Jul 3   Apr 27
                     2012    2011    2010    2009    2008    2008*   2012**
 
Very interested      22      23      25      23      26      26      22
Somewhat interested  31      33      33      34      32      32      31
Not interested       45      44      42      43      41      41      45
DK/NA                 1       -       1       -       -       1       1
 
 
32. (If Very or Somewhat interested q31) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (* Subgroup too small for reliable analysis)
                     BASEBALL FANS................................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-49  50-64  65+
 
Boston RED SOX       38%    37%    39%    36%    39%    31%    46%
New York YANKEES     43     42     45     49     40     48     34
Baltimore ORIOLES     1      1      1      1      2      2      -
Cleveland INDIANS     1      1      -      1      1      -      1
Detroit TIGERS        1      1      1      -      -      -      2
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      1      1      1      -      -      2
New York METS         7      9      5      6      7      9      7
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      1      1      1      1      1      1
OTHER SPECIFY(VOL)    1      -      2      1      -      -      1
DK/NA                 2      1      4      -      3      3      3
 
                                          MdlSex Toll,Wndm
                     Farfld Hrtfrd Lchfld NewHvn NewLon
                                    *
Boston RED SOX       18%    47%           36%    57%
New York YANKEES     54     37            46     29
Baltimore ORIOLES     2      1             1      1
Cleveland INDIANS     1      -             1      -
Detroit TIGERS        2      -             -      -
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      2             -      1
New York METS        13      3             9      3
Philadelphia PHILLIES 1      2             -      2
OTHER SPECIFY(VOL)    -      1             1      1
DK/NA                 3      3             2      1
 
TREND: (If Very or Somewhat interested q31) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (*registered voters) (Data available upon request back to May 2003)
                     BASEBALL FANS ............................................
                     Apr 27  Jun 16  Jun 11  Jun 1  Jul 3  May 14  May 4  Apr 8
                     2012    2011    2010    2009   2008   2007    2006   2005*
 
Atlanta Braves        -       -       1       -      1      1       1      2
Baltimore Orioles     1       -       1       1      1      1       1      1
Boston Red Sox       38      38      38      38     41     37      35     35
Chicago Cubs          -       1       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      1
New York Mets         7       7      11       9      9     10      12      9
New York Yankees     43      43      39      42     40     43      42     43
Oakland Athletics     -       -       -       -      -      -       -      1
Philadelphia Phillies 1       1       -       1      1      -       -      1
Pittsburgh Pirates    -       -       -       1      -      -              -
St. Louis Cardinals   -       1       -       -      1      -       -      -
Minnesota Twins       -       1       -       -      -      -       -      -
Other                 1       -       1       1      -      1       -      -
DK/NA                 2       3       3       3      2      3       3      3