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.