5/14: PED Suspensions Warranted, Say Nearly Seven in Ten

May 14, 2014 by  
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 Major League Baseball is in full swing, but has last season’s player suspensions for using performance-enhancing drugs rubbed fans the wrong way?  68% of baseball fans nationally think the MLB has taken the right steps.  In fact, one in five — 20% — believes the league hasn’t gone far enough.  Only 8% say their actions have gone too far.  Four percent are unsure. Click Here for Complete May 14, 2014 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Table: Has Major League Baseball Taken the Right Steps in Handling Players’ Use of Performance-Enhancing Drugs? More Fans Expected to Head... 

5/5: Player’s Sexual Orientation Will Not Impact NFL Draft, Say Nearly Two-Thirds

May 5, 2014 by  
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Michael Sam, the University of Missouri defensive lineman who publicly announced he is gay, will participate in this year’s NFL Draft.  What impact, if any, will Sam’s sexual orientation have on his NFL prospects?  Close to two-thirds of football fans nationally — 65% — do not think it will make any difference where he is selected in the draft.  One in four — 25% — thinks NFL teams will be less likely to pick him while 6% say it will make teams more likely to select Sam.  Three percent are unsure. Click Here for Complete May 5, 2014 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables This... 

3/26: Race Impacts Decision Not to Pay College Athletes, Say More than Three in Ten

March 25, 2014 by  
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Despite the money top college men’s basketball and football programs generate, college athletes are not paid, and 31% of Americans believe there is some truth to the argument that this is because many student athletes are African American.  This includes 4% who believe there is a lot of credence to that claim and 27% who say there is probably some legitimacy to it.  17% report there is not very much truth in it, and a majority — 53% — says the argument that race plays into the decision not to pay college athletes is false.  Similar proportions of college sports fans share these... 

1/22: Marijuana Use in Pro-Sports: Keep it Banned, Say More than Six in Ten

January 21, 2014 by  
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Many Americans, including more than six in ten sports fans, think marijuana should continue to be banned in professional sports, regardless of state or federal laws which have legalized the substance.  62% of adults nationally believe the ban should stay in place.  36% of Americans think the ban on marijuana should be lifted, and 2% are unsure.  Similar proportions of sports fans share these views. This HBO Real Sports/Marist Poll has been conducted in conjunction with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication.  The current edition of HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel explores... 

12/17: Boston Marathon Bombing, 2013 Sports Event Most Remembered

December 17, 2013 by  
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Many memorable sports stories marked 2013, but for more than seven in ten sports fans nationally, the bombing at the Boston Marathon is the most notable.  71% of sports fans have this view.  This compares with 14% who think the NFL concussion settlement was the most significant.  Seven percent report baseball’s Biogenesis drug scandal had the largest effect while an additional 7% say the hazing scandal involving the Miami Dolphins had the biggest impact on sports in 2013.  One percent is unsure. Regardless of age, race, region, income, level of education, and gender, the deadly attack at... 

10/23: Youth Football Takes Hard Hit… One-Third of Americans Less Likely to Allow Son to Play Football because of Head Injury Risk

October 22, 2013 by  
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Most Americans are aware of the connection between concussions suffered while playing football and long-term brain injury, and that information would influence some Americans’ decision to allow their son to play the sport if they had to make the choice.  About one in three Americans say this knowledge would make them less likely to allow a son to participate in the game.  In fact, nearly one in five Americans say this risk would be the key factor in deciding whether or not they would allow their son to step onto the gridiron.  About one-third of Americans has become more concerned because... 

7/23: More Than Six in Ten Fans Believe Connection to Biogenesis Steroid Clinic Too Little to Justify MLB Suspensions

July 23, 2013 by  
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An investigation by Major League Baseball is underway to determine whether or not to suspend players associated with the Miami-based clinic, Biogenesis, that provided performance enhancing drugs to other players.  But, a majority of baseball fans nationally do not think that an association with the clinic is enough to warrant disciplinary action.  61% of fans say it is not right for the MLB to suspend players who did not test positive for performance-enhancing drugs but are connected to the Biogenesis clinic.  28% think it is right for the players to be suspended, and 11% are unsure. Click Here... 

3/27: A Day at the Ballpark? MLB Games a No-Go for a Majority of Fans

March 27, 2013 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is almost here, but baseball fans nationally may not be flocking to the field.  According to this Marist Poll, 54% of fans did not attend any games last year and do not plan to attend any games this year.  28% say they will venture out to the ballpark about the same amount as they did last year while 13% believe they will attend more games than last season.  Six percent report they will go to fewer games than last season. Click Here for Complete March 27, 2013 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables Little has changed on this question since last year.  At that... 

3/26: Many Fans Think College Sports Programs Break NCAA Rules…Education Should be a Priority, Say Most

March Madness is in full swing, and with all eyes on the road to the Final Four, sports fans nationwide are weighing in on the nature of college sports. Click Here for Complete March 26, 2013 USA Poll Release and Tables More than two-thirds of sports fans nationally — 67% — think it is common practice for college sports programs to break NCAA rules when recruiting and training college athletes.  26% believe the rules are not broken often, and 7% are unsure. This Marist Poll has been done in conjunction with The Marist College Center for Sports Communication. There has been an increase... 

12/27: Phelps’ Olympic Medal Record Biggest Accomplishment in Sports This Year

December 27, 2012 by  
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Months removed from the London Olympics, stories from the games top the list of 2012’s biggest accomplishments in sports.  Among sports fans nationally, 28% consider Michael Phelps breaking the Olympic medal record to be the single best sports accomplishment of the year.  The gold medal win by the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tumbled into the hearts of 23% of U.S. sports fans.  13% believe Notre Dame’s football team played like champions during their undefeated regular season while the third consecutive gold medal for the U.S. women’s soccer team is deemed the biggest sports accomplishment... 

7/23: London Olympic Games Spur Sense of Pride in Many Americans

July 23, 2012 by  
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Attention will be “across the pond” on Friday for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.  80% of adults nationally say they will follow, at least, some of the Olympic Games.  This includes 19% who plan to check out a great deal of them, 23% who think they will follow a good amount of the events, and 38% who believe they will follow them a little bit.  One in five — 20% — does not plan to check out any of the events. Click Here for Complete July 23, 2012 USA Poll Release and Tables Looking at age, those under 30 — 74% — are the least likely to watch,... 

4/4: Take Me Out to the Ball Game? Maybe Not

April 4, 2012 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Night is tonight!  As teams gear up to take the field, a majority of baseball fans nationally say they, once again, are not planning to attend any games this season.  53% report they did not attend any baseball games last season and do not plan to venture out to the stadium this season.  31% of baseball fans think they will go to about the same number of games as last year, 10% are planning to attend more, and 6% report they will be present for fewer games.  Results were similar when the Marist Poll last reported this question in April 2010. Photo Courtesy... 

3/29: Majority Thinks Colleges Break NCAA Rules…Most Say Only Scholarships for Athletes

March 29, 2012 by  
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All eyes will be on the NCAA Final Four this weekend.  But, when it comes to recruiting and training practices, do college sports’ programs break NCAA rules?  A majority of sports fans nationally — 55% — think it is common practice to act outside of the regulations while 35% believe it is not common practice.  10% are unsure. By Reisio (Own work) (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons This Marist Poll has been done in conjunction with The Marist College Center for Sports Communication. Click Here for Complete March 29, 2012 USA Poll Release and Tables There’s been a lot of debate... 

12/15: Goal! USA Women’s Soccer Victory Best Sports Accomplishment of 2011

December 15, 2011 by  
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2011 has been a big year for sports!  And, of all the great moments, the win by USA women’s soccer over Brazil in the World Cup takes the top spot as the best single sports accomplishment of the year.  Nearly one-third of sports fans nationally — 32% — have this view.  The sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers by the Dallas Mavericks comes in a distant second with 18% while Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th hit is perceived to be the most significant sports accomplishment of 2011 by 15%.  13% believe Butler’s second trip to the NCAA Championship rates most significant while 11% say... 

9/27: No Clear NFL Surprise

September 27, 2011 by  
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With the NFL season underway, is there a sleeper team in the mix?  According to this Marist Poll, there’s no clear surprise among football fans nationally.  Nine percent of fans think the Detroit Lions will be the biggest surprise this season, 6% believe the Dallas Cowboys will come out of nowhere while the same proportion — 6% — say the Philadelphia Eagles will be this year’s upset team.  The Green Bay Packers are perceived by 5% to charge the field and shock football fans while 4% say the Oakland Raiders will split the uprights as the NFL’s surprise of the season.  A majority... 

9/27: Baseball Fans in New York State of Mind: Yankees Seen as World Series Favorites

September 27, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s post-season begins this week.  So, who do baseball fans nationally favor to win the World Series?  More than one in five — 22% — think the New York Yankees will round the bases into their 28th World Series Championship, 16% say the Philadelphia Phillies will take the win, and only 6% believe the Boston Red Sox will slide into victory.  Last year’s World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, are favored to repeat by just 3% of baseball fans.  The same proportion — 3% — thinks the Texas Rangers, the Atlanta Braves, or the Detroit Tigers... 

7/11: Yanks, Red Sox Vie for First Place in the Stadium of Public Opinion

July 11, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s midseason break is underway.  So, with tomorrow’s All-Star Game on the horizon, who do fans think will win it all in this year’s World Series? Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano Click here for Complete July 11, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables According to this Marist Poll, the rivalry lives on!  17% of baseball fans nationally believe the New York Yankees will, once again, be crowned the kings of baseball.  However, they are in a virtual dead heat with their arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox.  15% report the Sox will be victorious.  The Philadelphia... 

3/30: More Yanks than Mets Fans in NYC … Yanks Prepared for Season, Mets Not So Much

March 30, 2011 by  
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Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is tomorrow!  So, to whom do New York City baseball fans pledge their allegiance?  According to this NY1-Marist Poll, more than six in ten baseball fans citywide — 61% — cheer for the Bronx Bombers while 30% root for the Metropolitans.  Nine percent support neither team. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano   Click Here for Complete March 30, 2011 NYC NY1-Marist Poll Release and Tables Have the Yankees and Mets done enough in the pre-season to improve their teams?  It depends.  A majority of baseball fans — 52% — say... 

2/4: The Gridiron vs. Madison Avenue: Game Beats Out Ads

February 4, 2011 by  
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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will face off this Sunday in Super Bowl XLV.  But, there’s an off-field battle brewing.  Of American adults who are planning to watch the big game this year, will they be tuning in for the game or for the ads?  According to this national Marist Poll, the battle for the Lombardi trophy reigns supreme.  74% say they watch the Super Bowl more for the game while 26% tune in more for the commercials. ©istockphoto.com/Kameleon007 Little has changed since last year.  In Marist’s February 2010 survey, 78% reported they watched more for the game while... 

11/23: Helmet-to-Helmet Hits: Football Fans Define the Penalty

November 23, 2010 by  
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The NFL has been cracking down on players who commit illegal helmet-to-helmet hits with fines and suspensions.  But, what do football fans think the punishment should be for this type of player conduct?  More than one-fifth — 27% — believe these players should be, both, fined and suspended.  An additional 31% say they should be only fined while 22% believe they should just be suspended.  One-fifth — 20% — believe neither punishment should be used. ©istockphoto.com/mstahlphoto Younger football fans are more tolerant of helmet-to-helmet hits. 27% of those younger than... 

10/1: Majority of U.S. Residents College Football Fans … Nearly Half Watch NFL & College Ball

October 1, 2010 by  
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54% of U.S. residents are college football fans.  This includes 12% who watch college football a great deal, 10% who enjoy a good amount of it, and 32% who say they follow it a little.  46% do not watch college football at all. ©istockphoto.com/dehooks Men, residents who earn $50,000 or more annually, and those in the Midwest, West, and South are those who are most likely to be college football fans. Americans, however, are more inclined to be professional football fans than college football fans.  More than two-thirds of U.S. residents — 68% — tune into the NFL at least a little... 

9/17: Manning Bowl 2010: Peyton and the Colts Favored

September 17, 2010 by  
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Quarterback brothers Eli and Peyton Manning will square off this Sunday night when the Indianapolis Colts play the New York Giants.  So, which brother will claim bragging rights in the Manning family?  According to 61% of football fans nationally, Peyton Manning will lead the Colts to victory this Sunday while 27% report that younger brother Eli and the Giants will be triumphant.  12% are unsure. Peyton Manning (Photo courtesy of Whitehouse.gov) While Peyton Manning is the favorite among football fans, regardless of geographic region, more fans in the Northeast (40%) than in the West (25%),... 

9/8: NY Jets vs. NY Giants: Which Will Have the Better Season?

September 8, 2010 by  
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Who do football fans think will have the better football season this year?  Will it be the New York Jets or the New York Giants?  Find out in the latest NY Daily News/Marist Poll.  To read the full Daily News article, click here. ©istockphoto.com/Willard Tables for The Marist Poll Conducted for the Daily News: NY Football Team with Better Season Football Fans Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

7/12: Yankees “Top of the Heap” To Repeat

July 12, 2010 by  
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As the 2010 All-Star game approaches, marking the proverbial midway of the Major League Baseball season, baseball fans across the country are weighing in on which team will win the World Series this year.  The New York Yankees take the top spot with 29% of fans saying they will take home another World Series trophy.  11% think the Boston Red Sox will be victorious in the Fall Classic and 5% say the Philadelphia Phillies will win it all.  Rounding out the top five are the LA Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals, each garnering 4%.  20% of baseball fans mentioned some other Major League Baseball... 

7/7: No Goal for World Cup in United States

July 7, 2010 by  
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Even with the hype surrounding the World Cup, the tournament hasn’t been able to gain a large foothold in the United States.  When this poll was conducted, while the United States was still in the tournament, 63% of residents nationally were not watching any of the matches while 37% caught some or all of the World Cup.  Included here are 27% who were watching some and 10% who were checking out most of it. ©istockphoto.com/3dbrained Interest in watching grows when looking at residents who played soccer as a child.  Among this group, 58% tuned in for at least a portion of the tournament. ... 

4/5: Will Tiger Roar at The Masters?

April 5, 2010 by  
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Tiger Woods will face reporters this afternoon.  The news conference is Woods’ first since word of his marital infidelity broke late last year. Tiger Woods (Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy) The press conference comes on the first day of the Professional Golf Association’s Masters Tournament — the competition in which Woods chose to make his return to the sport.  What do Americans think about the golfer’s return?  A majority — 52% — say Woods will be more of an attraction to the tournament than a distraction.  40%, on the other hand, believe he will be a distraction.  8%... 

4/1: Yankees Favored Nationally

April 1, 2010 by  
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Heading into Major League Baseball’s 2010 regular season, the New York Yankees are favored by fans nationally to win this year’s World Series.  Regardless of the team they support, 33% of fans think the Bronx Bombers will be victorious in the fall.  Their bitter rivals, the Boston Red Sox, are a distant second with 11% saying the team will claim bragging rights this year, and the Philadelphia Phillies slide into third with 6%.  The Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals receive the nod from 3% of fans. ©istockphoto.com/Kameleon007 But, which team has the biggest fan base?  The New York... 

4/1: Yanks Kings of NYS Baseball

April 1, 2010 by  
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Baseball is serious business in New York!  And, with Opening Day just around the corner, avid fans are dusting off their jerseys to “root, root, root” for the home team.  But, with two franchises calling New York “home,” which team is the fan favorite? Photo Courtesy of Stephanie L. Calvano Nearly six in ten registered voters — 58% — who are baseball fans in New York State say they are Yankees fans while 28% cheer for the Mets.  14% are not a fan of either team. While 58% of male fans and the same proportion of female fans say they back the Bronx Bombers,... 

2/11: Let the Games Begin! 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

February 11, 2010 by  
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Tomorrow night, the eyes and ears of the world will be focused on Vancouver, British Columbia for the Opening Ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games. Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/roland/ / CC BY 2.0 The Vancouver Olympic Village Photowalk. While Canadian pride is sure to glow during the games, how engaged will Americans be?  76% of U.S. residents report they will follow at least a little of the games.  This includes 37% who plan to tune in a little, 22% who say they will watch a good deal of them, and 17% who are die-hards and report they will watch a great deal of the games.  24%... 

2/11: The Winter Games: An Interview

The Winter Olympics come around once every four years, but how popular are the games today?  Verne Lundquist is CBS Sports Play-By-Play Broadcaster who has covered the 1992, 1994, and 1998 games.  And, in a candid interview with The Marist Poll’s John Sparks, he discusses this year’s competition, addresses the issue of steroid use, and shares some of his own memories covering the games. Verne Lundquist John Sparks Verne, you worked through Winter Olympics in ’92/’94/’98, I believe, for the network and of course you followed the Winter and Summer games for years.... 

2/5: Advocacy Ads During the Super Bowl? Public Okays Tebow Ad

February 5, 2010 by  
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Although more than three-quarters of Americans who plan to tune in this Sunday — 78% — say they watch the Super Bowl for the game, a notable proportion — 22% — say the commercials are the main attraction. Tim Tebow (Photo courtesy of the White House) As usual, this year’s Super Bowl ads are generating a lot of attention, but the introduction of advocacy ads is adding a new layer to the discussion.  Networks have, previously, been hesitant to include issue-related commercials during Super Bowl coverage.  And, nearly one-half of Americans — 49% — agree... 

2/5: Advocacy Ads: A Broadcast Veteran’s View

February 5, 2010 by  
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What do those in broadcasting have to say about the Tim Tebow ad? Lee Salzberger Lee Salzberger has a worked in the broadcast industry for 40 years.   He has managed television station affiliates of CBS and ABC and, as a group head, has additional Fox responsibilities.  Salzberger has served on the ABC Board of Affiliates and has taught television sales and programming at the University of North Texas for the past five years. When Salzberger spoke with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks, he shared his insights into the advocacy ad discussion: John Sparks Lee, in the past, television stations and... 

2/5: Advocacy Ads: The Lasting Impact?

Peggy Wehmeyer was the national religion correspondent for ABC-TV.  She spoke with the Marist Poll’s John Sparks on possible effects of the Tim Tebow/Focus on the Family Super Bowl Commercial. John Sparks Peggy, while there’ve been television commercials aired by Pro-Life groups in the past, there hasn’t really been such a precedent to air one during a national broadcast that would attract 90-million viewers like the Super Bowl. With CBS’ decision to accept the ad, do you think that we might see more of this sort of ad placement in the future? Listen to the interview: Peggy... 

2/4: “Somebody Has to Lose…” Reeeaaalllly?

February 4, 2010 by  
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With just days until Super Bowl Sunday, many Americans are gearing up for the big game, but they’re also sending a message to sportscasters, “Stop using annoying phrases!” ©istockphoto.com/DSGpro “I’m sure the CBS Sports team will do an excellent job of announcing the game, but they might dodge a few eye rolls if they avoid these commonly used phrases,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist Institute for Public Opinion. Which cliché do Super Bowl watchers think is the most irritating? “It’s too bad somebody has to lose” tops the list with... 

12/11: Saints with Golden Halo…Vikings Fall from Grace

December 11, 2009 by  
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As the NFL heads into the final weeks of the regular season, which team do football fans think has the best chance of winning the Super Bowl?  The New Orleans Saints top the list with 32% of football fans saying they will still be victorious come February.  The Indianapolis Colts receive 15% followed by the Minnesota Vikings with 8%, the Dallas Cowboys with 5%, and the New England Patriots with 4%. ©istockphoto.com/padnpen What a difference six weeks make!  When Marist last asked about the Super Bowl favorite in October, the Vikings were the pick of 13%.  The Colts came in second with 10%,... 

12/9: Tiger’s Troubles…Americans Say, “Butt Out”

December 9, 2009 by  
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As more tawdry details of Tiger Woods’ marital infidelity make their way through the rumor mill, the golf great remains tight-lipped.  Is that the best strategy for Woods? Tiger Woods According to nearly seven in ten residents nationwide, he should deal with the events privately.  25% disagree saying Woods should talk about the situation under public scrutiny.  6% are unsure. What about all those endorsements Woods has been cashing in on?  Will the public still purchase products promoted by the now tarnished sports figure?  Americans respond overwhelmingly, “Yes.”  91% say Woods’... 

11/13: Basketball Dribbles Off the Court

November 13, 2009 by  
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The NBA’s season is underway, but do Americans think the sport is a slam dunk? ©istockphoto.com/gmcoop Not really. In fact, 67% of residents ride the bench, saying they don’t watch the sport at all. 22% report they follow basketball a little, and just 11% follow the sport a great deal or good amount. African American and Latino residents are more likely to catch a battle on the hardwood than are whites. 29% of African Americans and 27% of Latinos say they watch the NBA, at least, a good amount.  This compares with 6% of whites. Table: Watch Basketball? Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

11/13: Hockey Gets Checked into the Boards

November 13, 2009 by  
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Americans seem to be leaving hockey to their neighbors to the North. ©istockphoto.com/jgareri Just 5% of U.S. residents watch professional hockey at least a good amount, and 14% say they catch a game occasionally.  81%, on the other hand, report not watching the sport at all. Table: Watch Hockey? Marist Poll Methodology  Read More →

10/28: Pigskin Prognostications…No Clear Super Bowl Pick

October 28, 2009 by  
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Super Bowl Sunday may be months away, but that doesn’t mean football fans don’t have their fair share of early predictions.  But, is one team the runaway favorite? ©istockphoto.com/filo 13% of football fans think Brett Favre will lead the Minnesota Vikings to victory while 10% say Peyton Manning and the Colts will be the last team standing in February.  Younger brother, Eli Manning, and the Giants are the pick of 9% of football fans.  An additional 9% of armchair quarterbacks expect Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers to repeat.  8% think Tom Brady and the New England Patriots... 

10/15: It’s Up To You, New York…Yankees Viewed as World Series’ Favorite

October 15, 2009 by  
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They’ve steamrolled the Minnesota Twins and are getting ready to battle the Los Angeles Angels in the ALCS.  Now, more than four in ten baseball fans nationwide think the New York Yankees will go all the way and clinch their 27th World Championship. ©istockphoto.com/alancrosthwaite 41% of baseball fans report the Bronx Bombers have the best chance of winning the World Series this year.  The Philadelphia Phillies come in a distant second with 10% of fans thinking they will repeat.  Joe Torre’s Los Angeles Dodgers are the pick of 8%, and Mike Scioscia’s Los Angeles Angels are regarded the... 

8/14: Let Vick Play, But Not In My Back Yard, Say Football Fans

August 14, 2009 by  
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The Philadelphia Eagles have made the controversial decision to sign Quarterback Michael Vick to a two-year deal.  But, was it a good idea in the eyes of public opinion? ©istockphoto.com/spxChrome Although Vick was convicted and served prison time for his role in operating a dogfighting ring, a majority of football fans nationwide — 57% — agree with the NFL commissioner’s decision to allow Vick to return to the league.  36% disagree with that decision.  Younger fans and men are more likely to be in favor of the ruling compared with older ones and women. However, the tides turn... 

7/13: New York City Baseball Banter

July 13, 2009 by  
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Major League Baseball is enjoying its annual All-Star break. Players from the American and National Leagues will duke it out at Baseball’s 80th All-Star Game; and with home field advantage for the World Series on the line, will either the Yankees or the Mets be affected come October?  Who’s better to ask than New York City baseball fans? ©istockphoto.com/aceshot A New York Baseball State of Mind… Picking Sides 51% of New York City registered voters consider themselves baseball fans.  When these baseball fans were asked whether their allegiance is with the Mets or the Yankees, 53% pick... 

6/2: Baseball in NYC: Ticket Prices a Big Loser

June 2, 2009 by  
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Most baseball fans in New York City think they’re getting ripped off when they head out to the stadium, and while there’s been much hubbub about New York’s new baseball stadiums, a majority of fans think new ballparks, in general, are good for the sport. ©istockphoto.com/velcron Major League Baseball’s ticket prices are way out of line and are not a good value for the money, according to 83% of baseball enthusiasts.  And, although 46% of New Yorkers think new baseball stadiums are good for the sport, 53% of baseball fans think new ballparks are a plus.  Where do New York’s, crosstown... 

4/6: Will Baseball Attendance Slide?

April 6, 2009 by  
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A majority of baseball fans don’t think they’re getting their money’s worth given ticket prices at major league ballparks and admit they pay very little attention to the national pastime. ©istockphoto.com/SondraP Last season, 78% of the country didn’t attend a single game, and even 61% of those who consider themselves true baseball fans didn’t make it to see the boys of summer either. With the current economic recession, that’s as much of a concern for the owners as winning the pennant. Ticket Value Table Table:  Do You Follow Baseball? Baseball Attendance Table Marist Poll Methodology Related... 

4/6: Steroid Scandal: Fans, Public React

April 6, 2009 by  
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Fans to players:  Use steroids — Forget Cooperstown Most Americans and baseball fans in particular have a message for any ballplayer who uses steroids — you don’t belong in the Hall of Fame.  73% of the general public and 70% of those who consider themselves baseball fans say any player who uses performance-enhancing drugs should not be eligible for induction. Table – Steroid Use and the Hall of Fame ©istockphoto.com/Box5 Records Another Matter But, people are more divided when it comes to any records a juiced up player sets.  Although just 15% of both fans and the general... 

4/6: Fans & Public Agree: Character More Important Than Talent

April 6, 2009 by  
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Baseball fans and the general public both value a ballplayer’s character more than his talent.  63% of the public say character matters most.  64% of the public who are baseball fans agree.  However 31% of the fans say talent is more important compared to 24% of the general public. And, when it comes to being role models, 48% of the general public think baseball players teach kids mostly good things on and off the field.  A greater percentage of those who call themselves fans (56%) believe players are good role models. Table – Baseball Players:  Talent vs. Character Table – Players...