Democrats and Republicans are slightly more likely to root for the Yankees than the Mets or Phillies than Independents, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today showing 44% of state voters interested in baseball say the New York Yankees are their favorite baseball team. Democrats and Republicans are essentially the same when it comes to picking a baseball team.
21% of New Jersey voters say the New York Mets are their favorite team, and 20% say it is the Philadelphia Phillies.
Among Democrats: Yankees 46%, Phillies 21%, Mets 20%.
Among Republicans, Yankees 44%, Phillies 21%, Mets 20%
Among Independents: Yankees 41%, Mets 22%, Phillies 20%
"Dress New Jersey baseball fans – men and women, young and old – in Yankee pinstripes. There are just about as many Yankee fans as there are Phillies and Mets backers combined. Only in the Philadelphia suburbs do the Phillies dominate," said Clay Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Statewide, 5% of New Jersey voters like the Boston Red Sox; that number is at 4% among Democrats and Republicans, and 7% among Independents. The Red Sox also do better among voters between the ages of 18-34, and among voters who live in Essex and Hudson counties.