Mar 11, 2014
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Yankees Dominate Red Sox in Connecticut Popularity, Poll Shows; Not in Eastern CT

Yankees Dominate Red Sox in Connecticut Popularity, Poll Shows; Not in Eastern CT

A photo of Fenway park from the Boston Red Sox website.

Boston's World Series victory doesn’t mean beans in Connecticut, where more fans back the New York Yankees—the favorites for four years now,” Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a release Tuesday announcing that despite their World Series win, the Sox still trail the Yankees 43 to 38 percent in terms of popularity in the state.

“Men and women have shifted, but the overall result is little changed. The Yankees’ huge margin in Fairfield County gives them a statewide edge,” Schwartz said of the results of Quinnipiac’s 12th Annual Connecticut Baseball Poll.

A look back at Quinnipiac’s “Annual Connecticut Baseball Playoff” from June 2013, however, shows that not only do the Red Sox mean lots of beans for some Connecticut baseball fans—but that the “beans” quotient for these folks shot up after the World Series win.

Last June, in a survey done when Quinnipiac said the state’s governor’s race was too close to call, Boston topped the Yankees 49 to 32 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London Counties. Now, after another Series title for Boston, the Sox’ reign 61 to 26 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London Counties—a rise of 12 percentage points, or 24 percent.

That’s some “beans,” fans might declare in Eastern Connecticut, home to the state’s Quiet Corner, a misnomer when it comes to the beloved Sox. Maybe this swath of the state should re-brand itself as Red Sox Nation South?

Overall, though, the Yankees do rule the roost in Connecticut, propelled to their popularity victory by their own “hometown” crowd, the folks in Fairfield County.

“New York neighbors in Fairfield County go [for] the Yankees 57 to 15 percent, while Hartford County goes to the Sox 51 to 36 percent,” Qunnipiac says. (Only 8 percent of Connecticut fans cheer for the New York Mets.)

The current overall Yankees-over-Sox lead of 43 to 38 percent compares to a 42-to-37 percent Yankees lead in the June 20, 2013, survey by Quinnipiac. Back then, Fairfield County went to the Yankees 55 to 15 percent, while Hartford County went to the Sox 50 to 35 percent.

Women fans are divided in the new poll, with 44 percent cheering for the Red Sox and 42 percent for the Yankees, Quinnipiac says, compared to last year, when women went for Yankees 48 to 35 percent. Men surveyed back the Yankees 44 to 34 percent, compared to last year when they split with 40 percent for the Sox and 37 percent for the Yankees, according to the release on the new survey.

“In today’s survey, a total of 52 percent of Connecticut adults say they are ‘very interested’ or ‘somewhat interested’ in Major League Baseball,” Quinnipiac says.

From Feb. 26 to March 2, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,146 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.1 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, the release said.

For more information, see the Quinnipiac polling website, call (203) 582- 5201, or follow Quinnipiac University on Twitter.



Yankees Dominate Red Sox in Connecticut Popularity, Poll Shows; Not in Eastern CT

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