FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Despite a rough start to the season, the New York Yankees are still No. 1 in the hearts of baseball fans in Connecticut and in Fairfield County, according to the Quinnipiac University's 14th annual Connecticut Baseball Poll, which was released Thursday.
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Statewide, the Yankees top the Boston Red Sox 44 percent to 36 percent. In Fairfield County, they root for the Yankees 55 percent vs. 13 percent for the Red Sox.
This is the Yankees' biggest lead over the Red Sox in 11 years, the independent Quinnipiac University poll says.
The other New York team, the Mets, are surging as well, and are now first in the hearts of 13 percent of fans, double last year's score.
"The surprise in this year's Baseball Poll is the Mets, who may be getting a boost from their World Series appearance last year," said Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz. "The Yankees certainly aren't making it easy, but Connecticut baseball fans are proving they are loyal through thick and thin."
The Baseball Poll measures the loyalty of the 50 percent of Connecticut adults who say they are "very interested" or "somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.
There is little difference among men and women or among younger and older fans. The Yankees are up 48 percent vs. 29 percent in New Haven County and Middlesex County. The Red Sox rule 50 percent vs. 34 percent in Hartford County and 54 percent vs. 37 percent in Tolland, Windham and New London counties.
From June 1 to 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,467 Connecticut adults with a margin of error of 2.6 percentage points.
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