Poll says Yankees still top of the heap in New York state
Updated 8:43 p.m.
LOUDONVILLE 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.