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Poll says Yankees still top of the heap in New York state

April 12, 2013
Updated 8:43 p.m.
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— The Yankees continue to be New York state’s favorite sports team, according to a Siena Research Institute poll, enjoying a level of support unchanged over the past three years.

The Yankees garner support from 45 percent of New Yorkers who selected the Bronx Bombers as either their favorite or second-favorite team in the poll.

In what might be the real news of the poll, though, only 69 percent of those Yankee fans — who are traditionally seen as expecting a World Series title run from their team — said they didn’t expect the injury-riddled Bombers to even make the playoffs.

Yankee support has been consistent at 45 percent over the last three Aprils, according to the poll. The New York Giants came in at 29 percent support, with the New York Mets at 22 percent, New York Knicks at 17 percent, Buffalo Bills at 12 percent and New York Jets at 10 percent.

The Giants are coming off of a three-year high in support last year, at 37 percent, after their Super Bowl championship run. The rival Jets’ three-year high came in 2011, when they scored 21 percent support, as the team was coming off its second-straight AFC Championship Game appearance.

No information was given for the state’s two hockey teams — the New York Rangers and New York Islanders — or New York City’s other professional basketball team, the Brooklyn Nets.

Elsewhere in the poll, the institute found 43 percent of registered voters support the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state, while 33 percent oppose it.

Overall, 58 percent of New Yorkers describe themselves as sports fans — 73 percent of men and 44 percent of women. Fifty-eight percent are baseball fans, 48 percent are football fans, 38 percent are basketball fans and 13 percent are hockey fans.

 
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April 12, 2013
2:06 p.m.
cidbil says...

And this is why the Yankees garner more front page space.

April 12, 2013
4:14 p.m.
JoeK says...

Weak argument,check the gazette on who has the better record.

April 12, 2013
4:39 p.m.
rrvine says...

I'll bet there are even more Red Sox fans around here than Met fans. I don't think the Mets are even on the radio here!

April 12, 2013
6:26 p.m.
cidbil says...

JoeK: Check the records to see which team has been a consistent winner over an extended period of time. One team hasn't had a losing season in the last 20yrs. the other well.........Currently one New York team has a record of 5-4....the other a record of 4-4. Care to wager on which team will have a better record at the end of the year? One team has a legitimate 6 man rotation........the other? 2 starters worth anything and a bunch of never-gonna-bes .......I'll stop there for now, cause I don't want to overwhelm you with facts. Once again, winners deserve more ink.....even if you come in second all you are is 1st loser and deserve less space than the amount given to curling....

April 12, 2013
6:26 p.m.
dlittlecook says...

No, the station that carried the Mets rolled over to the Red Sox last year. There was a station in Glens Falls that broadcasted the Mets games last year but you couldn't pick it up south of Clifton Park. If I am out and about during a game and want to listen to it, I either have to listen on my cell or Sirius/XM in my car. I am a die hard Mets fan and it is a shame that you can't even find Mets' gear most of the time in the local Target or Wal-Mart.

April 12, 2013
6:39 p.m.
JoeK says...

Typical Yankee fan living in the past.Fact is the mets had the best record since the season started yet no press.

April 12, 2013
7:21 p.m.
cidbil says...

Ah yes the the typical Met fan with the "typical Yankee fan" response. Ok let's see, the last championship the Mets won was in what century?...........As far as the Mutts record to start the season, a 5-4 record is hardly newsworthy. Win some more games and we'll talk......maybe the paper can find some space after the girls high school lacrosse stories. The Yankees are royalty. The mets are still a laughing stock.

April 13, 2013
7:25 a.m.
cidbil says...

Oh, one other thing, I remember the hellish years 1965-1975 and 1982-1993 when the Yankees were awful and pathetic. And I'm not so jaded that I fail to realize that the last 20 yrs. of success and the players who helped to make those years successful will be gone soon. And if the Mets suddenly become successful and the Yankees fall I for one will not whine and moan about the Mets getting front page coverage while the Yankees might be an after thought. Nope, I know how it works. So once again Pipe down whiny Mets fans..........................oh as I was looking at the front page of the sports section this morning I noticed the Yanks won again, and in fact turned a triple play in the process...........the Mets? well I'm sure there's a story somewhere.....

April 13, 2013
8:42 a.m.
JoeK says...

Same old story,every local paper has equal billing except this one.However congratulations your one major league pitcher won and you are above 500,but for how long?

April 13, 2013
9:37 a.m.
cidbil says...

Your a whiny little bugger aren't 'cha. LOL........hey this team wasn't supposed to be this good they've already exceeded my expectations for the year. They'll certainly be above .500 longer than the mutts.

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