Saturday, March 31, 2012

Poll Watch: Rasmussen 2012 Major League Baseball Survey

Rasmussen 2012 Major League Baseball Poll

Which team is most likely to win the World Series this year?
  • New York Yankees 17%
  • Boston Red Sox 12%
  • Philadelphia Phillies 9%
  • Detroit Tigers 9%
  • Texas Rangers 8%
  • Los Angeles Angels 7%
  • San Francisco Giants 6%
Note: All other teams mentioned in the survey (St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds) fell below five percent (5%).

Regardless of who you think will win, which team do you want to win the World Series this year?
  • New York Yankees 16%
  • Boston Red Sox 14%
  • Philadelphia Phillies 8%
  • San Francisco Giants 8%
  • Los Angeles Angels 6%
  • Detroit Tigers 6%
  • Atlanta Braves 6%
  • St. Louis Cardinals 6%
Note: Fifteen percent (15%) want the championship to go to some other team not mentioned in the survey.

Major League Baseball has decided to expand the playoffs this season to include an additional wild card team in each league. Do you favor or oppose expanding the playoffs to include an additional wild card team in each league?
  • Favor 56%
  • Oppose 33%
  • Undecided 11%
Is the Major League Baseball season too long?
  • Yes 35%
  • No 56%
National survey of 800 adults who watch professional baseball at least once a week was conducted March 26, 2012. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.

Inside the numbers:
Women are more likely than men to both predict and root for the Yankees to win the World Series. Men are more divided between New York and Boston.

Yankee fans remain the cockiest group, with 83% who believe their team will win another championship. Despite watching their team lose back-to-back World Series the past two seasons, 70% of Ranger fans think their team will win this year. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those rooting for Detroit and 65% of Boston fans think their teams will be victorious.

Just 14% of baseball followers are participating in a fantasy baseball league this year. Still, that’s up from eight percent (8%) two years ago.

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