May 25, 2012 - Favorite Baseball Team In Florida - New York Yankees? Quinnipiac University Poll Finds

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The New York Yankees reach 1,107 miles from The Bronx to Tallahassee to be the favorite Major League Baseball team of 20 percent of Florida fans, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

The Tampa Bay Rays are Team No. 1 for 18 percent of fans, followed by 15 percent cheering for the Miami Marlins, 8 percent for the Boston Red Sox and 7 percent for the Atlanta Braves, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. The New York Mets win the hearts of 4 percent of Floridians, with no other team above 3 percent.

A total of 46 percent of Florida adults are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball, including 56 percent of men and 38 percent of women. By comparison, 54 percent of New Jersey adults and 53 percent of Connecticut adults are interested in baseball, Quinnipiac University polls in those states find.

The Yankees are the favorite team for 29 percent of fans 18 to 34 years old. The Marlins win the love of 44 percent of fans in southeast Florida, while the Rays rule with 54 percent of fans in the Tampa Bay area and the Braves are tops with 23 percent of fans in northern Florida and the Panhandle.

"Florida has only a 19-year tradition with Major League Baseball, so there is less fan interest, with the possible exception of those transplanted New Yorkers and their offspring," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

From May 15 - 21, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,988 Florida adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 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 and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

39. (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      17%    24%    11%    15%    19%    18%
Smwht interested     29     32     27     28     28     31
Not at all           53     44     61     56     52     50
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      -
 
 
40. (If interested in baseball q39) What is your favorite major league baseball team?
                     BASEBALL FANS Q39.....................
                     Tot    Men    Wom    18-34  35-54  55+
 
Miami MARLINS        15%    15%    14%    13%    23%    11%
Tampa Bay RAYS       18     18     17     17     16     19
New York YANKEES     20     20     21     29     15     19
Atlanta BRAVES        7      7      7      9     10      4
Baltimore ORIOLES     1      1      1      -      1      1
Boston RED SOX        8      8      8      4      7     10
Chicago CUBS          3      3      4      5      2      3
Chicago WHITE SOX     1      1      2      1      -      2
Cincinnati REDS       2      2      1      2      1      2
Cleveland INDIANS     1      2      1      -      2      2
Detroit TIGERS        2      2      1      1      2      2
Los Angeles DODGERS   1      2      -      1      1      2
New York METS         4      3      4      3      2      5
Phldlph PHILLIES      3      4      2      -      4      4
Pittsburgh PIRATES    1      1      1      2      -      1
San Diego PADRES      1      1      1      3      -      -
San Francisco GIANTS  1      1      1      2      -      1
St. Louis CARDINALS   2      3      2      2      3      2
Texas RANGERS         1      1      -      -      1      1
Other team            3      4      2      2      3      4
DK/NA                 6      4      8      5      4      6
 
                     North/
                     PnHnd  Bay    Cntrl  SthW   SthE
 
Miami MARLINS         2%     2%     5%     4%    44%
Tampa Bay RAYS       12     54      8     14      -
New York YANKEES     17     12     26     15     25
Atlanta BRAVES       23      3      9      3      1
Baltimore ORIOLES     1      -      1      2      1
Boston RED SOX        4      8     12     14      5
Chicago CUBS          1      2      8      9      1
Chicago WHITE SOX     1      1      1      2      2
Cincinnati REDS       3      3      2      -      1
Cleveland INDIANS     3      1      1      3      -
Detroit TIGERS        -      1      3      1      2
 
Los Angeles DODGERS   2      -      3      1      -
New York METS         3      1      5      4      5
Phldlph PHILLIES      2      2      6      7      1
Pittsburgh PIRATES    -      -      1      7      -
San Diego PADRES      -      -      -      -      2
San Francisco GIANTS  2      -      -      -      2
St. Louis CARDINALS   3      3      1      3      2
Texas RANGERS         3      -      -      1      -
Other team            7      2      2      6      2
DK/NA                11      6      6      4      3