May 4, 2006 - Connecticut Baseball Fans Back Bombers Over Bosox, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Jeter Is Favorite Of Most Yankees Fans
By a 42 - 35 percent margin Connecticut baseball fans prefer the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 12 percent say they are New York Mets fans.

The Yankees are ahead 55 - 14 percent in Fairfield County, while the Red Sox lead 52 - 30 percent in Hartford County and 47 - 37 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London counties, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Derek Jeter is the favorite of 53 percent of Yankees fans, followed by Alex Rodriguez with 5 percent.

David Ortiz is the favorite of 20 percent of Red Sox fans, followed by Jason Varitek with 14 percent, Manny Ramirez at 11 percent and Curt Schilling at 10 percent.

"The Connecticut Yankees are in King Derek's court," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D. "Maybe it's their 300-year link to the Yankee name, or maybe it's because so many of them live in the New York television market, but Connecticut baseball fans back the Bronx Bombers - and especially Derek Jeter."

From April 25 - 30, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,742 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and the nation as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

32. (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


Very interested 23% 30% 17% Smwht interested 34 33 34 Not at all 43 37 48 DK/NA - - - MdlSex Toll,Wndm Fairfld Hrtford Ltchfld NewHvn NewLon

Very interested 25% 25% 12% 24% 22% Smwht interested 35 34 24 34 34 Not at all 40 41 64 42 44 DK/NA - - - - -

TREND: How interested are you in following major league baseball -- very interested, somewhat interested, or not interested at all? (* = Registered Voters)

                        May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                        2006    2005*   2004    2003


Very interested 23 26 22 20 Somewhat interested 34 32 35 33 Not interested 43 41 43 47 DK/NA - - - -



34. (If interested q32) What is your favorite major league baseball team?

                      BASEBALL FANS Q32..
                      Tot     Men     Wom


Anaheim ANGELS - 1% - Atlanta BRAVES 1 2 - Baltimore ORIOLES 1 1 - Boston RED SOX 35 32 39 Chicago CUBS 1 2 - Cincinnati REDS - 1 - Cleveland INDIANS - - 1 Los Angeles DODGERS 1 2 - New York METS 12 13 11 New York YANKEES 42 41 43 Philadelphia PHILLIES - - 1 San Francisco GIANTS - 1 - Seattle MARINERS - 1 - Toronto BLUE JAYS - 1 - DK/NA 3 3 3

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Anaheim ANGELS - - 1% - Atlanta BRAVES 2 1 - 2 Baltimore ORIOLES - - 1 3 Boston RED SOX 14 52 31 47 Chicago CUBS 2 1 - - Cincinnati REDS - - 1 - Cleveland INDIANS 1 - - - Kansas City ROYALS - - - 1 Los Angeles DODGERS 2 2 - - Minnesota TWINS 1 - - - New York METS 19 7 13 5 New York YANKEES 55 30 45 37 Oakland ATHLETICS - 1 - - Philadelphia PHILLIES - 1 - 1 San Francisco GIANTS 1 - - 1 Seattle MARINERS - - 1 - St. Louis CARDINALS 1 - 1 - Toronto BLUE JAYS - - 1 - DK/NA 2 4 3 3

TREND: (If "very" or "somewhat" interested) What is your favorite major league baseball team? (* = Registered Voters)

                        May 4   Apr 8   Jun 7   May 5
                        2006    2005 *  2004    2003 


Atlanta Braves 1 2 2 1 Baltimore Orioles 1 1 1 1 Boston Red Sox 35 35 33 33 Chicago Cubs 1 1 2 1 Cleveland Indians - - 1 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 1 1 1 1 New York Mets 12 9 9 9 New York Yankees 42 43 43 47 Oakland Athletics - 1 - - Philadelphia Phillies - 1 - 1 Pittsburgh Pirates - - 1 St. Louis Cardinals - - - 1 Other - - 3 - DK/NA 3 3 4 2



35. (Yankee fans) Who is your favorite Yankee?

                      YANKEE FANS Q34....
                      Tot     Men     Wom


Yogi Berra 1 1 - Johnny Damon 2 3 1 Jason Giambi 3 3 3 Derek Jeter 53 52 53 Randy Johnson 1 1 - Mickey Mantle 1 1 1 Tino Martinez 1 - 1 Hideki Matsui 1 3 - Don Mattingly 1 1 1 Mike Mussina - 1 - Paul O'Neill 1 1 2 Jorge Posada 1 - 1 Mariano Rivera 3 6 1 Alex Rodriguez 5 5 5 Gary Sheffield 1 1 - Joe Torre 1 2 - No favorite/Like whole team 13 10 16 Other SPECIFY 5 5 4 DK/NA 7 4 10



36. (Red Sox fans) Who is your favorite Red Sox player?

                      RED SOX FANS Q34...
                      Tot     Men     Wom


Coco Crisp - - 1 Willie Harris 1 2 - Trot Nixon 1 2 1 David Ortiz 20 24 17 Manny Ramirez 11 11 12 Curt Schilling 10 9 10 Jason Varitek 14 14 13 No favorite/Like whole team 22 22 22 Other SPECIFY 3 3 2 DK/NA 17 12 21