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Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll. Aug. 23-25, 2012. N=800 likely voters nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

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"You may have heard about major league pitcher Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals, who is recovering from elbow surgery. His team is trying to make the playoffs, but needs to decide whether to let him pitch the rest of the season or shut him down to protect his arm. What should the team do? Let him pitch the whole season. Shut him down early, no use risking his arm."

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Let him
pitch
Shut him
down
Unsure    
% % %    

8/23-25/12

11 47 42    

 

Marist College Marist Poll. March 20-22, 2012. N=536 baseball fans nationwide. Margin of error 4.5.

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"Which baseball team do you root for?" Open-ended

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%

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New York Yankees

16

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Boston Red Sox

7

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Atlanta Braves

6

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Chicago Cubs

6

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St. Louis Cardinals

5

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Other

53

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Unsure

7

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"Regardless of whom you support, which team do you think will win the World Series this year?" Open-ended

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%

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New York Yankees

21

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Boston Red Sox

7

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Philadelphia Phillies

7

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L.A. Angels of Anaheim

5

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Texas Rangers

5

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Other

29

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Unsure

27

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"Overall, do you think the cost of a ticket for a Major League Baseball game is a good value for the money or not?"

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A good value Not a
good value
Unsure

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% % %

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3/20-22/12

34 56 10

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3/25-26 & 29/10

34 56 10

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CBS News/New York Times Poll. Feb. 18-22, 2009. N=429 adults nationwide who are very or somewhat interested in watching or following Major League Baseball. MoE 5.

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"Which current major league baseball player is your favorite?" Open-ended

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%

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Derek Jeter

12

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Ken Griffey Jr.

3

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Albert Pujols

3

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Alex Rodriguez

3

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Mike Lowell

2

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Chipper Jones

2

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No one

3

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Other

27

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Unsure

45

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"Is your opinion of Alex Rodriguez favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Alex Rodriguez yet to have an opinion?"

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Favorable Not
Favorable
Undecided Haven't
Heard
Refused
% % % % %

2/18-22/09

17 41 27 10 5

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"From what you know so far, do you think Alex Rodriguez should or should not be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame?"

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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2/18-22/09

36 44 20

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"How many major league baseball players do you think use steroids to enhance their athletic performance: most of them, about half of them, about a quarter of them, or only a few of them?"

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Most About Half About a
Quarter
Only a Few Unsure
% % % % %

2/18-22/09

15 22 38 19 6

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"How much does it matter to you as a baseball fan if professional baseball players use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs? Do you care a lot, a little or not at all?"

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A Lot A Little Not at All Unsure  
% % % %  

2/18-22/09

60 29 9 2  

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"If it is proven that an athlete used steroids at the time he or she set a major record in a sport, what do you think should happen to that record? (1) It should be eliminated from the record books. OR, (2) It should be kept in the record books, but with a note that the athlete used steroids when it was set. OR, (3) It should be kept in the record books like any other record."

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Eliminated Kept, with
a Note
Kept Like
Any Other
Unsure  
% % % %  

2/18-22/09

32 47 18 3  

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media. Feb. 12-17, 2009. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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Yes No Somewhat
(vol.)

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% % %

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2/12-17/09

31 64 5

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"How serious of a problem do you think steroid use in Major League Baseball is TODAY . . . ?" N=376 baseball fans, MoE 5.1

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Very
Serious
Somewhat
Serious
Not Too
Serious
Not at All
Serious
Unsure
% % % % %

2/12-17/09

40 32 16 9 3

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"How much do you care if professional baseball players use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs? Do you care . . . ?" N=376 baseball fans, MoE 5.1

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A Lot A Little Not at All Unsure

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% % % %

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2/12-17/09

55 24 21 1

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"When it comes to curbing the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, is Major League Baseball doing . . . ?" N=376 baseball fans, MoE 5.1

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Too Much Not Enough About the
Right Amount
Unsure

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% % % %

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2/12-17/09

5 71 20 4

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"As you may know, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees recently admitted he used banned performance-enhancing drugs while playing for the Texas Rangers until 2003. After Rodriguez retires, should he be allowed into baseball's Hall of Fame or not?" N=376 baseball fans, MoE 5.1

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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2/12-17/09

38 52 10

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"Which comes closest to your view? Would you say I take baseball records less seriously than I used to as a result of allegations of steroid use by baseball players. OR, Allegations of steroid use by baseball players haven't affected how seriously I take baseball records." Options rotated. N=376 baseball fans, MoE 5.1.

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Take Less
Seriously
No Effect Unsure

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% % %

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2/12-17/09

62 35 3

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USA Today/Gallup Poll. Feb. 11, 2009. N=438 fans of professional baseball nationwide. MoE 5.

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"Next, we'd like to get your overall opinion of some baseball players. As I read each name, please say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that player -- or if you have never heard of him. How about [see below]?"

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Favorable Unfavorable Never
Heard of
Unsure
% % % %

Derek Jeter

2/11/09

66 12 13 9

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Roger Clemens

2/11/09

43 39 10 9

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Alex Rodriguez

2/11/09

38 49 7 6

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Barry Bonds

2/11/09

27 57 7 9

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"For each of the following current or former baseball players, please say whether you think he should or should not be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. . . ."

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Should Should Not Unsure

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% % %

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Roger Clemens

2/11/09

50 36 14

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Alex Rodriguez

2/11/09

47 43 11

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Barry Bonds

2/11/09

35 57 8

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"As you may know, Alex Rodriguez has admitted he used performance-enhancing drugs while playing Major League Baseball, but says he only used them during the years of 2001, 2002 and 2003. What is your view: Rodriguez only used the drugs for the years he says he did, OR, Rodriguez used the drugs for other years as well?" Options rotated

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Only Years He
Said He Did
Other Years
as Well
Unsure
% % %

2/11/09

38 47 15

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2007. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No
% % %

11/30 - 12/2/07

34 5 61
5/4-6/07 37 8 55
4/7-9/06 33 8 58
3/10-12/06 37 10 53
318-20/05 39 9 52
3/26-28/04 36 9 55
6/9-10/03 39 11 50
11/02 38 13 49
8/02 37 8 54
7/02 37 10 53
6/02 36 16 48
3/02 44 10 46
1/02 36 11 53
11/26-27/01 38 10 52
11/2-4/01 45 11 44
6/01 35 14 51
3/01 46 10 44
5/00 35 11 54
4/28-30/00 40 12 48
3/30 - 4/2/00 45 10 45
11/99 45 16 39
10/99 37 10 53
7/99 40 19 41
3/99 34 15 51
10/98 47 14 39
9/98 45 18 37
6/98 34 10 56
3/96 38 10 52
10/95 34 8 58

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"Next, we'd like to ask for your views on the use of steroids or other performance enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players. Compared with five years ago, do you think that number of Major League Baseball players that use these drugs has increased, stayed the same, or decreased?" N=413 fans of professional baseball, MoE 5

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Increased Same Decreased Unsure
% % % %

11/30 - 12/2/07

40 27 31 2

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"As you may know, George Mitchell will soon submit his report on steroid use in baseball to Commissioner Bud Selig. Do you think Bud Selig should or should not punish current Major League Baseball players who are named in the report for having used steroids in the past?" N=413 fans of professional baseball, MoE 5

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %

11/30 - 12/2/07

60 37 3

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). June 8-11, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Turning to Major League Baseball: Hank Aaron currently holds the career home-run record but Barry Bonds is close to passing Aaron. As you may know, there have been allegations about Barry Bonds and his use of performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids. If Barry Bonds finishes with more career home runs than Hank Aaron, will you consider Barry Bonds to be the true record-holder or will Hank Aaron still hold the record in your mind? Or do you not care one way or the other?"

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Bonds True
Record-holder
Aaron True
Record-holder
Don't Care Unsure  
% % % %  

6/8-11/07

18 53 25 4  

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 18-23, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide (MoE 3), including, with an oversample, 192 blacks. "Fans" (N=633) are respondents who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in watching or following Major League Baseball.

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"If it is proven that an athlete used steroids at the time he or she set a major record in a sport, what do you think should happen to that record? It should be eliminated from the record books. OR, It should be kept in the record books, but with a note that the athlete used steroids when it was set. OR, It should be kept in the record books like any other record."

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Eliminated Kept, But
With a Note
Kept Like
Any Other
Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

52 29 17 2  

Fans

50 33 16 1  

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"Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants is very close to breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 lifetime home runs. Are you rooting for Barry Bonds to break Hank Aaron's record, or do you hope he will fall short?"

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Rooting for
Bonds
Hope He
Falls Short
Don't Care
(vol.)/Unsure
   
% % %    

ALL adults

33 30 37    

ALL fans

40 38 22    

   White fans

35 42 23    

   Black fans

67 19 14    

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"Is your opinion of Barry Bonds favorable, not favorable, undecided, or haven't you heard enough about Barry Bonds yet to have an opinion?"

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Favorable Not
Favorable
Undecided Haven't
Heard
Refused
% % % % %

ALL adults

18 27 19 33 3

Fans

25 36 19 18 1

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"As you may know, some people have accused Barry Bonds of taking illegal steroids, a charge which Bonds has denied. Do you personally believe the allegations that Bonds used steroids are definitely true, probably true, probably not true, or definitely not true?"

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Definitely
True
Probably
True
Probably
Not True
Definitely
Not True
Unsure
% % % % %

ALL adults

13 46 13 3 25

Fans

18 48 16 3 15

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"Do you think the fact that Barry Bonds is black is a major factor, a minor factor, or not a factor in people making these allegations against Bonds?"

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Major Factor Minor Factor Not a Factor Unsure  
% % % %  

ALL adults

7 11 71 11  

Fans

8 12 76 4  

 

ABC News/ESPN Poll. March 29-April 22, 2007. N=799 adult baseball fans nationwide (MoE 3.5, for all baseball fans), including, with an oversample, 203 African-American (MoE 7). Fieldwork by ICR.

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"As you may know, the baseball player Barry Bonds has been accused of using steroids, which he's denied. Just your best guess, do you think Bonds did or did not knowingly use steroids?"

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Did Did Not Unsure    
% % %    
ALL fans 73 14 13    
  Blacks 37 36 26    
  Whites 76 12 11    

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Asked of those who think Bonds knowingly used steroids:
"Do you think that makes him a cheater, or do you think it is O.K. because major league baseball was not testing for steroids at the time?"
Options rotated

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Cheater O.K. Unsure    
% % %    
  67 29 4    

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"Bonds is number two behind Hank Aaron in career home runs. Are you rooting for Bonds to break the home-run record, or do you hope Bonds falls short of it?" Options rotated

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Rooting
For Bonds
Hope Bonds
Falls Short
Unsure    
% % %    
ALL fans 37 52 11    
  Blacks 74 18 9    
  Whites 28 60 12    

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"If Bonds does pass Aaron, do you think Bonds should or should not be recognized as the new career home-run leader?"

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Should Should Not Depends (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  
ALL fans 57 34 4 5  
  Blacks 78 15 1 6  
  Whites 53 36 5 6  

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"Do you think Bonds should or should not be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame?"

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Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %    
ALL fans 58 33 8    
  Blacks 85 10 5    
  Whites 53 37 10    

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"Overall, do you think Bonds has been treated fairly or unfairly?"

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Fairly Unfairly Unsure    
% % %    
ALL fans 57 30 13    
  Blacks 34 46 20    
  Whites 61 25 14    

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 9-11, 2006. N=594 fans of professional baseball nationwide. MoE 4.

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"As you may know, for the first time since 2001, there has been an increase in the number of home runs hit in Major League Baseball. What do you think is the most likely cause of the increase: hitters continuing to use performance-enhancing drugs, a change in the way baseballs are made, a decline in the quality of pitching, or an increase in the quality of hitting?" Options rotated

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Drugs Hitting Pitching Baseballs Other/Unsure
% % % % %
6/9-11/06 47 27 9 8 8

 

Associated Press/AOL Sports poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. April 10-12 & 18-20, 2006. N=793 baseball fans nationwide who attend or follow live broadcasts of games at least a few times a season. MoE 3.5.

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"Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants?"

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Favorable Unfavorable Mixed (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 27 49 15 9

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"How much do you care if professional baseball players use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs? Do you care . . . ?"

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A Lot A Little Not at All
% % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 63 21 16

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"As you may know, Major League Baseball is investigating whether Barry Bonds and other players used steroids. Do you think Major League Baseball is treating Barry Bonds fairly or unfairly when it comes to the steroids allegations against him?"

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Fairly Unfairly Unsure
% % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 65 25 10

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"If Barry Bonds is found to have used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, should he be allowed into baseball's Hall of Fame or not?" Half-sample

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 37 61 2

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"If Barry Bonds is found to have used steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs -- but only before baseball enacted rules against those drugs in 2002 -- should he be allowed into baseball's Hall of Fame or not?" Half-sample

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 57 41 2

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"When it comes to curbing use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, is Major League Baseball doing too much, not enough, or about the right amount?"

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Too Much Not Enough About Right Unsure
% % % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 5 53 39 3

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"As you may know, this season Major League Baseball is beginning a program to test and discipline players for use of amphetamines. How much do you care if professional baseball players use amphetamines? Do you care . . . ?"

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A Lot A Little Not at All Unsure
% % % %
4/10-12 & 18-20/06 58 25 14 3

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 7-9, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No
% % %
4/7-9/06 33 8 58

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Asked of baseball fans (N=424, MoE 5):
"Just your best guess: Do you think Barry Bonds has or has not used illegal steroids while playing Major League Baseball?"

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Has Has Not Unsure
% % %
4/7-9/06 78 12 11
318-20/05 75 14 11

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Asked of baseball fans (N=424, MoE 5):
"As you may know, Major League Baseball has passed a new policy that imposes longer suspensions for players who use steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. What do you think the result of this policy will be? Will it eliminate the use of these types of drugs from the game, greatly reduce the use of these types of drugs but not eliminate it, reduce the use of these types of drugs to a small extent, or will it not reduce the use of these types of drugs in the game at all?" Options rotated

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Eliminate Greatly
Reduce
Reduce to
Small Extent
Not Reduce
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
4/7-9/06 6 50 33 7 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 10-12, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No
% % %
3/10-12/06 37 10 53

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Asked of baseball fans (N=478, MoE 5):
"If Major League Baseball officials conclude that Barry Bonds took steroids, do you think they should or should not take away his batting records, including the record for most home runs in a single season?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
3/10-12/06 52 44 4

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Asked of baseball fans (N=478, MoE 5):
"Do you think Barry Bonds should or should not be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
3/10-12/06 49 43 7

 

ABC News/ESPN Poll. March 11-15, 2005. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults). Fieldwork by ICR.

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"Do you think Major League Baseball is or is not doing enough to prevent the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by professional baseball players?"

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    Enough Not Enough Unsure    
% % %

ALL

18 61 21
Baseball fans 21 69 10

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"Who do you think should be in charge of creating and enforcing rules against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by professional baseball players: Major League Baseball, or the federal government?" Options rotated

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    Federal
Govt.
Major
League
Baseball
Unsure    
% % %

ALL

30 64 6
Baseball fans 26 70 4

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"How concerned are you that the use of performance-enhancing drugs by well-known athletes encourages young people to use these drugs: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not so concerned or not concerned at all?"

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    Very
Concerned
Somewhat
Concerned
Not So
Concerned
Not at all
Concerned
Unsure
% % % % %

ALL

48 34 8 9 1
Baseball fans 50 36 8 6 -

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"Do you think professional baseball players who are found to have broken the sport's rules by using performance-enhancing drugs should or should not be allowed to remain in the record books?"

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    Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %

ALL

33 62 5
Baseball fans 37 59 4

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"Do you think such athletes should or should not be eligible for membership in the baseball Hall of Fame?"

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    Should Should Not Unsure    
% % %

ALL

28 66 5
Baseball fans 32 63 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 27-29, 2003. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No
% % %
6/27-29/03 36 10 54

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Asked of baseball fans (N=385, MoE 6):
"Are you following Major League Baseball more closely than you did three years ago, less closely, or about the same as before?"

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More
Closely
Less
Closely
Unsure
% % %
6/27-29/03 16 30 54

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Asked of baseball fans (N=385, MoE 6):
"How would you rate the job Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is doing: very good, good, bad, or very bad?"

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Very Good Good Bad Very Bad Unsure
% % % % %
6/27-29/03 8 57 15 9 11

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 9-10, 2003. N=1,029 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

           

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"

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    Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No    
    % % %    
  6/9-10/03 39 11 50    
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=534, MoE 5):
"As you may know, Sammy Sosa was caught using an illegal bat in a recent Major League Baseball game. How much do you think Sammy Sosa's use of an illegal bat has hurt the integrity of the game of baseball: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

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    A Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not at All Unsure
    % % % % %
  6/03 8 24 41 26 1
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=534, MoE 5):
"Just your best guess, for each of the following, please say whether you think they did or did not cheat in any way when they set their home run records. How about [see below]?"

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    Yes, Did No, Did Not Unsure    
    % % %    
  Sammy Sosa 24 71 5    
  Mark McGwire 17 79 4    
  Barry Bonds 12 77 11    
  Babe Ruth 6 90 4    

 

ABC News Poll. Aug. 21-25, 2002. N=1,036 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

           

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"
    Yes Somewhat
(vol.)
No    
    % % %    
  8/02 28 4 67    
           

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"As you may know, professional baseball players and the team owners are having trouble negotiating a contract, and there could be a strike. Whose side would you say you're on: the players' or the owners'?"

    ALL Fans      
    % %      
  Players' side 23 26      
  Owners' side 34 38      
  Both (vol.) 1 1      
  Neither (vol.) 36 30      
  No opinion 6 6      
           

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"If the players go on strike this season, would you miss baseball, or not?"
    ALL Fans      
    % %      
  Would miss 24 64      
  Would not miss 75 36      

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. July 26-28, 2002. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

           

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"Are you a fan of professional baseball, or not?"
    Yes Some-
what
(vol.)
No    
    % % %    
  7/02 37 10 53    
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=493, MoE 5):
"As you may know, Major League Baseball's labor contract with its players has expired. If there is a work stoppage in baseball, which of the following comes closest to your reaction: you won't ever watch baseball again; you will be mad, but will eventually watch baseball again; or you will watch baseball as soon as the work stoppage is over?"

    %  

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  Won't ever watch again 12  

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  Will be mad, but will eventually watch again 41  

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  Will watch as soon as work stoppage is over 44  

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  No opinion 3  

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Asked of baseball fans (N=493, MoE 5):
"Who do you think is more concerned about the interests of Major League Baseball fans: the players or the owners -- or are neither concerned?"

    Players Owners Neither Both No
Opinion
    % % % % %
  7/02 21 18 53 6 2
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=493, MoE 5):
"
Do you feel Major League Baseball players should be able to earn whatever the market can bear or that there should be restrictions on their salaries?"

    %      
  Whatever market can bear 30      
  There should be restrictions 67      
  No opinion 3      

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). July 19-21, 2002. N=500 adults nationwide.

           

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"Are you a fan of major league baseball?"

    %        
  Yes 50        
  No 48        
  Not sure 2        
           

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  Asked of baseball fans:
"
As you know, there may be a strike during the current baseball season. If there is a strike, which side will you hold more responsible: the team owners, or the players?"
    %        
  Team owners 30        
  Players 38        
  Both equally (vol.) 25        
  Not sure 7        

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 7-8, 2002. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE 4.
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=408, MoE 5):
"How many Major League Baseball players do you think use steroids or other performance enhancing drugs: all, over half, about half, less than half, or none?"
    All Over Half About Half Less Than
Half
None No
Opinion
    % % % % % %
  6/02 - 12 24 56 2 6
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=408, MoE 5):
"Should Major League Baseball players be tested for steroids or other performance enhancing drugs, or not?"
    Yes No No
Opinion
   
    % % %    
  6/02 86 12 2    
           

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Asked of baseball fans (N=408, MoE 5):
"As you may know, there has been an increase in hits, runs scored, and home runs in Major League Baseball in recent years. Do you think the use of steroids or other performance enhancing drugs is a major contributor, a minor contributor, or not a contributor to the increase in hits, runs scored, and home runs?"
    %        
  Major contributor 33        
  Minor contributor 45        
  Not a contributor 18        
  No opinion 4        

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 22-24, 2002. N=557 fans of professional baseball nationwide. MoE 4.
           

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"Would you say that Major League Baseball games are too long, or not?"
    %        
  Yes, too long 29        
  No, not too long 69        
  No opinion 2        
           

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"For each of the following, please tell me if you find it a major annoyance, a minor annoyance, or not an annoyance at all. How about . . . ?"
        Major Minor Not At All
        % % %
  "The length of pre-game ceremonies" 21 30 47
  "The number of times batters step out of the batter's box" 18 30 49
  "The amount of time it takes to make a pitching change" 12 33 54
  "The length of time pitchers take to make a pitch" 11 31 57
  "The number of throws to a base when a runner is on" 11 32 55
  "The amount of time between innings" 10 31 58

 

Gallup Poll. March 26-28, 2001. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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Asked of people interested in following sports (N=726; MoE 5):
"Which is your favorite Major League Baseball team?"
%
New York Yankees 15
Atlanta Braves 11
Boston Red Sox 5
St. Louis Cardinals 5
New York Mets 4
Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Chicago Cubs 4
Texas Rangers 3
Cleveland Indians 3
Chicago White Sox 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Detroit Tigers 3
Cincinnati Reds 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2
Colorado Rockies 2
Oakland Athletics 2
Baltimore Orioles 2
San Francisco Giants 2
Minnesota Twins 2
Kansas City Royals 2
Seattle Mariners 1
Milwaukee Brewers 1
Anaheim Angels 1
Houston Astros 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 1
San Diego Padres -
Florida Marlins -
Tampa Bay Devil Rays -
Montreal Expos -
Toronto Blue Jays 0
None 12
No opinion 4

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Asked of people interested in following sports (N=726; MoE 5):
"I am going to name some changes Major League Baseball has seen over the past 20 or 30 years and want you to tell me whether you think each has been a change for the better, a change for the worse, or not made a difference. How about . . . ?"
Better Worse No
Differ-
ence
% % %
"Playoffs in each league to determine who goes to the World Series" 68 5 21

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"The addition of a wild card playoff team in each league" 54 13 21

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"Interleague play" 53 6 25

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"The increases in the number of major league teams" 53 18 22

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"The designated hitter rule in the American League" 37 21 25

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"The increases in the average salary paid to players" 21 56 18

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"Who would you say is the greatest baseball player of all time?"
%
Babe Ruth 32
Mickey Mantle 6
Hank Aaron 6
Joe DiMaggio 4
Jackie Robinson 4
Mark McGwire 3
Lou Gehrig 3
Ted Williams 2
Nolan Ryan 2
Willie Mays 2
Pete Rose 2
Ty Cobb 2
Other 12
No opinion 20

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 18-20, 2000. N=1,007 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about the baseball World Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets that starts on Saturday -- Which ONE of the following four statements BEST describes your own feelings about the 'Subway Series':  I'm rooting for the Yankees; I'm rooting for the Mets; I hate New York; I'm not interested in baseball."
%
Rooting for Yankees 23
Rooting for Mets 18
Hate New York 5
Not interested 47
Don't know 7

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Nov. 18-21, 1999. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Next we have some questions about former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose. Pete Rose says publicly that he never gambled on baseball. A 1989 report to the baseball commissioner said that Rose gambled extensively and bet on his own team. Which do you believe, Pete Rose or the Commissioner's report?"
ALL Baseball
Fans
% %
Pete Rose 30 34
Commissioner's report 56 56
No opinion 14 10

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"Before the gambling allegations Pete Rose was expected to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Do you think Rose should be elected to the Hall of Fame now?"
ALL Baseball
Fans
% %
Yes 74 79
No 21 18
No opinion 5 3

 

The Harris Poll. May 14-19, 1999. N=1,010 adults nationwide.

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"What is your favorite Major League Baseball team?" [Question was asked only of those who said they follow Major League Baseball.]
1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994
% % % % % %
Atlanta Braves 16 16 14 18 14 18
New York Yankees 12 12 13 9 9 9
Chicago Cubs 6 7 6 6 6 6
St. Louis Cardinals 5 4 3 3 4 4
Cleveland Indians 4 6 3 5 4 2
Seattle Mariners 4 5 6 4 1 1
Los Angeles Dodgers 4 5 4 6 6 6
Boston Red Sox 4 5 4 3 5 5
Baltimore Orioles 4 4 3 3 2 2
Detroit Tigers 4 3 4 2 4 3
Minnesota Twins 4 3 3 3 2 3
New York Mets 4 2 4 3 3 5
Cincinnati Reds 3 2 3 4 5 3
Colorado Rockies 3 2 3 2 3 2
Texas Rangers 3 1 5 2 3 3
Philadelphia Phillies 2 3 4 4 6 4
San Diego Padres 2 2 1 0 1 1
Pittsburgh Pirates 2 1 1 5 4 3
Oakland Athletics 1 2 2 2 3 2
Chicago White Sox 1 2 2 1 2 3
Milwaukee Brewers 1 1 2 2 1 1
Houston Astros 1 1 1 4 3 2
Anaheim Angels 1 1 1 1 0 1
Kansas City Royals 1 * * 1 1 2
Florida Marlins * 4 1 * 1 2
San Francisco Giants * 2 2 5 5 2
Montreal Expos 0 * * 0 0 *
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0 * * 1

* Less than .5%

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"When, if ever, do you think Mark McGwire's new homerun record of 70 homeruns will be broken: this year, next year, within five years, within 10 years, within 20 years, or longer?" [Question was asked only of those who said they follow Major League Baseball.]
%
This year 9
Next year 8
Within five years 30
Within 10 years 17
Within 20 years 6
Longer than 20 years 23
Don't know/Refused 7

 

Gallup Poll. March 19-21, 1999. N=1,018 adults nationwide.

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Asked of baseball fans:
"Who would you say is the greatest baseball player of all time?"
%
Babe Ruth 26
Mickey Mantle 8
Hank Aaron 2
Joe DiMaggio 20
Willie Mays 5
Pete Rose 2
Lou Gehrig 2
Ted Williams 3
Ty Cobb 3
Jackie Robinson 3
Mark McGwire 4
Sammy Sosa 2
Cal Ripkin Jr. 1
Ken Griffey Jr. -
Other 11
No opinion 8

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Asked of baseball fans:
"Do you think that any major league player will hit more than 70 home runs this season and break the new home run record?"
%
Yes 39
No 56
No opinion 5

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Oct. 9-12, 1998. N=1,004 adults nationwide.

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Asked of baseball fans:
"Who would you, yourself, say is the greatest baseball player in the game today?"
%
Mark McGuire 36
Sammy Sosa 11
Ken Griffey Jr. 8
Cal Ripken Jr. 6
Greg Maddux 2
Barry Bonds 1
Roger Clemens 1
Tony Gwynn 1
Randy Johnson 1
Mo Vaughn 1
Other 10
No opinion 22

 

Fox News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 9-10, 1998. N=900 registered voters nationwide.

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"Professional baseball player Mark McGwire uses a muscle-building supplement that is legal in major league baseball but is banned in football and the Olympics. Do you think his use of this supplement should taint his home run record?"
%
Yes 20
No 70
Not sure 10

 

Associated Press Poll conducted by ICR. Aug. 23-30, 1998. N=1,006 adults nationwide.

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"Which statement best describes your level of interest in Major League Baseball? I follow Major League Baseball closely. I follow Major League Baseball, but not closely. I don't pay much attention to Major League Baseball."
%
Follow closely 15
Follow, but not closely 23
Don't pay much attention 62

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"The last baseball strike ended in 1995. As of today, would you say your interest in Major League Baseball is greater than it was before the strike, less than it was before the strike, or about the same as it was before the strike?"
%
Greater 7
Less 24
About the same 66
Don't know/Refused 3

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"As you may know, the major league record for home runs in one season is 61, set by Roger Maris in 1961. This year, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are challenging that record. Has the home run race: increased your interest in Major League Baseball a great deal, increased your interest in Major League Baseball somewhat, reduced your interest in Major League Baseball somewhat, reduced your interest in Major League Baseball a great deal, or has your interest remained the same?"
%
Increased a great deal 9
Increased somewhat 37
Reduced somewhat 6
Reduced a great deal 8
Remained the same 26
Don't know/Refused 14

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"In your view, which one statement best represents the biggest problem with Major League Baseball? The players make too much money. It costs too much to attend a game. The games are too long."
%
Players make too much 44
Costs too much to attend 25
Games too long 20
Don't know/Refused 10

 

The Harris Poll. May 21-28, 1998. N=1,007 adults nationwide.

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Asked of those who said they follow Major League Baseball:
"This year baseball teams which are in different leagues -- the National League and the American League -- will play each other during the regular season. Do you approve or disapprove of this change?"
1998 1997
% %
Approve 81 73
Disapprove 14 20
Don't know 4 7

 


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