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Poll: CT Fans Back New York Yankees Over Boston Red Sox

A new QU Poll finds there are more Yankees fans than Redsox fans in the state, with some caveats based on location and gender.

The New York Yankees top the Boston Red Sox 43 to 38 percent -- their biggest lead since 2007 -- in the Quinnipiac University poll’s annual Connecticut Pennant Race to determine who wins the heart of the state’s baseball fans.

Another 7 percent of Connecticut fans like the Mets, with 1 percent support for other teams, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. The survey was conducted among the 56 percent of Connecticut adults who say they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in Major League Baseball.

Men back the Yankees 47 to 35 percent while women go to the Red Sox 42 to 39 percent.   

The Bombers are strongest in Fairfield County, where they lead the Sox 57 to 16 percent, with 15 percent for the Mets. Tolland, New London and Windham counties in eastern Connecticut go to the Red Sox 67 to 27 percent, with 3 percent for the Mets.

“Forget the AL East standings. The Yankees have topped the Red Sox in eight of our nine Connecticut Pennant Races,” said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz, PhD. “The gender gap, with men backing the Bombers and women backing the Red Sox, might make for some interesting family discussions – or dating dynamics.”

“In 2003, our first poll, the Yankees led by 14 points. The Red Sox chipped away at that lead until they took a statistically insignificant one point lead in 2008.”

From June 8 through 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,456 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. The poll was conducted via live interviewers, landlines and cell phones.

Designated Hitter June 18, 2011 at 01:13 AM
I have a mixed marriage - I'm a die hard Red Sox fan married to a die hard Yankee fan; good news is, all of our kids are Red Sox fans :-)
Christine August 08, 2011 at 07:19 PM
Designated Hitter - I am collecting stories/tips from those in "mixed marriages" such as yours to put together a book for my cousin for her wedding in oct. (her = Red Sox, him = Yankees). I am going to try to publish it as well once I get enough contributors. Would you mind sharing some tips for making it work? If so, please email me at YankeesRedSox@hotmail.com. Thanks!!
CT Yankee August 08, 2011 at 09:23 PM
How about the poor Mets fans? I know a lot of die hard, original 1962, Mets fans. I would say about 20 -30% of real baseball fans around here are Mets fans. (They may just be too embarrassed to admit it.)
MOM August 09, 2011 at 02:18 AM
I support two teams . . . the Yankees and whoever beats the Red Sox!
B-Rad August 09, 2011 at 08:27 AM
The Yankees are done this year. The Sox are the best I have seen them. Even better than 04 and 07. When A-fraud comes back, He will ruin the Yanks just like he will ruin his life within a few years. The guy is nothing but trouble!!!

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