For Tenth Time, New York Yankees are America’s Favorite Baseball Team

But it's a love/hate relationship, as two in five baseball fans say Yankees are the team they least want to see in the World Series

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New York, N.Y. - July 15, 2013 - So baseball has hit that time again - mid-season, which means the All Star Game is upon us. As Major League Baseball pauses to celebrate their all stars, and as the teams get a few days off to rest before the race to the end of the summer and post-season play begins in earnest, it is also time to see who America's Favorite Baseball Team is.

Among those who follow the sport, the New York Yankees again win the honor of being America's Favorite, as they have each year since 2003. In the second spot on the list are their long time arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox, followed by the Atlanta Braves at number three; both of these teams' positions are unchanged from the last three times The Harris Poll asked this question.

Rounding out the top five are the Los Angeles Dodgers at number four (rising one spot from last time) and, in a tie for the number five spot, the Texas Rangers (up from number eight) and the Detroit Tigers (who came in at number ten the last time this question was asked).

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,210 adults surveyed online between June 12 and 17, 2013.

Looking at the bottom half of the top ten favorite teams, at numberseven are the Chicago Cubs (down from number four last year), followed by the New York Mets (#8, down from a 5th place tie), the Philadelphia Phillies (#9, down from #7) and the San Francisco Giants (#10, up from #14).

Winning it all in October or not being there at all

Looking ahead to the end of the season, the highest percentages of baseball followers say the St. Louis Cardinals (14%), the New York Yankees (13%) and the Boston Red Sox (12%) will win the World Series, followed by the Detroit Tigers (10%) and the Atlanta Braves (8%). And, at the bottom of the list, less than one percent of baseball followers said the Miami Marlins, the Seattle Mariners or the San Diego Padres will win the World Series.

On the flip side, there is always that one baseball team people love to hate. And, this year over two in five baseball followers (42%) say the New York Yankees are the one team they least want to see make it to the World Series. At a distant second, 12% say this about the Boston Red Sox, while 4% each say this about the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins.

The All Star Game deciding home field

It's been a few years now, and 70% of baseball followers are aware that the league winning the All Star Game also wins home field advantage for the World Series in October. And, while there may be a few grumblings, almost two-thirds of baseball followers (65%) say this rule is a fair one. But three in five baseball followers (61%) also say it is likely that this rule could impact the outcome of the World Series.

Following baseball

Over one-third of Americans (34%) say they follow Major League Baseball, a number that is down from 2011, when 36% said they did. Looking at who follows baseball, men are more likely to do so than women (44% versus 26%). There is also a regional divide, as more than two in five Easterners (41%) say they follow baseball, compared to just over one-third of Midwesterners (36%) and Westerners (35%), and 29% of Southerners. This is also something political parties cannot totally agree on today - over two in five Republicans (41%) follow baseball, compared to 35% of Democrats and 34% of Independents.

 

TABLE 1

FAVORITE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM: 1999 - 2013

What is your favorite Major League Baseball team?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Rank 1999

Rank 2003

Rank 2004

Rank 2005

Rank 2006

Rank 2007

Rank 2008

Rank 2009

Rank 2010

Rank 2011

Rank 2013

New York Yankees

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Boston Red Sox

8

6

4

4

5

3

3

2

2

2

2

Atlanta Braves

1

2

3

2

3

2

2

3

3

3

3

Los Angeles Dodgers

7

8

=9

7

=14

11

5

=4

8

=5

4

Texas Rangers

15

13

=15

21

=27

=16

=20

=15

=12

8

=5

Detroit Tigers

10

15

5

=19

7

6

=7

8

=12

10

=5

Chicago Cubs

3

7

2

3

4

5

4

=4

5

4

7

New York Mets

12

3

14

5

2

7

10

11

6

=5

8

Philadelphia Phillies

16

12

6

=13

13

18

6

7

4

7

9

San Francisco Giants

26

9

7

=10

=14

=13

=13

9

7

14

10

St. Louis Cardinals

4

14

13

6

6

4

9

6

10

9

=11

Chicago White Sox

20

27

27

=10

=11

21

=13

12

15

16

=11

Minnesota Twins

11

5

=17

=13

=21

20

11

13

9

12

=13

Cleveland Indians

5

4

=9

=19

=11

=13

=7

=25

17

=17

=13

Cincinnati Reds

13

10

=19

=8

=14

9

18

=15

16

15

15

Seattle Mariners

6

11

=15

=13

10

8

17

10

=12

11

16

Baltimore Orioles

9

=18

8

12

8

=13

22

=17

=20

13

=17

Los Angeles Angels

23

=16

=25

=17

20

=23

29

=27

=25

=20

=17

Kansas City Royals

24

=25

=19

=22

=21

28

=20

29

19

=17

19

Colorado Rockies

14

24

24

26

=25

27

=13

=23

=20

=20

20

Milwaukee Brewers

21

23

23

24

18

10

=13

14

11

19

=21

Tampa Bay Rays

NA

28

28

=29

28

25

28

=17

22

26

=21

San Diego Padres

17

22

=25

25

=25

26

27

=20

=23

=29

=21

Pittsburgh Pirates

18

=18

=9

=8

=21

=16

=23

22

=25

=23

24

Arizona Diamondbacks

NA

=16

=17

16

=14

22

19

=23

18

=23

25

Washington Nationals

NA

NA

NA

=22

24

29

26

=27

27

=27

26

Oakland Athletics

19

=20

22

27

19

19

=23

=20

=23

=23

=27

Houston Astros

22

=20

=9

=17

9

12

12

19

28

22

=27

Miami Marlins

25

=25

21

28

=27

=23

25

=25

29

=27

=27

Toronto Blue Jays

28

29

29

=29

29

30

30

30

30

=29

=27

It should be noted that the sample was limited to the United States. It is therefore no surprise that the Canadian team placed last on this list in a survey where no Canadian residents are surveyed.


TABLE 2

WHO WILL WIN THE WORLD SERIES THIS YEAR?

Which team do you think will win the World Series this fall?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Total
%

St. Louis Cardinals

14

New York Yankees

13

Boston Red Sox

12

Detroit Tigers

10

Atlanta Braves

8

Texas Rangers

5

San Francisco Giants

5

Chicago White Sox

3

Oakland Athletics

3

Washington Nationals

3

Los Angeles Dodgers

3

Baltimore Orioles

2

Los Angeles Angels

2

Chicago Cubs

2

Arizona Diamondbacks

2

Philadelphia Phillies

2

Cincinnati Reds

2

Cleveland Indians

1

Minnesota Twins

1

Tampa Bay Rays

1

Pittsburgh Pirates

1

Kansas City Royals

1

Milwaukee Brewers

1

New York Mets

1

Colorado Rockies

1

Toronto Blue Jays

1

Houston Astros

1

San Diego Padres

*

Miami Marlins

*

Seattle Mariners

*

Note: * indicates less than 0.5%

 

TABLE 3

TEAM LEAST DESIRED FOR WORLD SERIES

Regardless of what team you think will win, which one team do you least want to see make it to the World Series this fall?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Total
%

New York Yankees

42

Boston Red Sox

12

Los Angeles Dodgers

4

Miami Marlins

4

St. Louis Cardinals

3

Atlanta Braves

3

Chicago Cubs

3

San Francisco Giants

3

New York Mets

3

Los Angeles Angels

3

Arizona Diamondbacks

2

Texas Rangers

2

Toronto Blue Jays

2

Philadelphia Phillies

1

Detroit Tigers

1

Cleveland Indians

1

Cincinnati Reds

1

Minnesota Twins

1

Tampa Bay Rays

1

Pittsburgh Pirates

1

Baltimore Orioles

1

Kansas City Royals

1

Milwaukee Brewers

1

Washington Nationals

1

Houston Astros

1

Seattle Mariners

1

Chicago White Sox

1

Oakland Athletics

*

Colorado Rockies

*

San Diego Padres

*

Note: * indicates less than 0.5%

 

TABLE 4

AWARENESS OF ALL STAR GAME DECIDING WORLD SERIES HOME FIELD

As you may or may not know, the MLB instituted a rule in recent years that the league winning the MLB All Star Game (taking place July 16) gets home field advantage in that year's World Series. Prior to being informed of it in this survey, were you aware of this rule?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Total Gender
Male Female
% % %

Yes

70 78 58

No

30 22 42

 

TABLE 5

FAIRNESS OF ALL STAR GAME DECIDING WORLD SERIES HOME FIELD

How fair do you think this rule is?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Total Generation
Echo Boomers (18-35) Gen X (36-47) Baby Boomers (48-66) Matures (67+)
% % % % %

FAIR (NET)

65 68 58 65 72

Very fair

33 32 29 32 44

Somewhat fair

32 35 29 32 28

NOT FAIR (NET)

25 24 36 24 12

Not that fair

13 12 19 12 7

Not at all fair

12 12 17 12 6

Not at all sure

10 9 6 11 16

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding

 

TABLE 6

IMPACT OF ALL STAR GAME DECIDING WORLD SERIES HOME FIELD

And how likely do you think it is that this rule could impact the outcome of a World Series?

Base: All adults who follow baseball

Total Generation
Echo Boomers (18-35) Gen X (36-47) Baby Boomers (48-66) Matures (67+)
% % % % %

LIKELY (NET)

61 70 70 53 45

Very likely

20 29 24 14 10

Somewhat likely

41 41 47 39 35

NOT LIKELY (NET)

34 24 25 41 48

Not that likely

25 20 19 27 38

Not at all likely

9 4 7 14 10

Not at all sure

5 6 4 6 6

Note: Percentages may not add up to 100% due to rounding


TABLE 7

WHO FOLLOWS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - BY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP

Do you follow major league baseball or not?

Summary of Yes Responses

Base: All adults

Total
%

All Adults

34

Sex

Male

44

Female

26

Age

Echo Boomers (18 - 35)

31

Generation X (36 - 47)

36

Baby Boomers (48 - 66)

39

Matures (67+)

29

Race/Ethnicity

White

36

African American

24

Hispanic

35

Region

East

41

Midwest

36

South

29

West

35

Household Income

Less than $35,000

28

$35,000 to $49,999

28

$50,000 to $74,999

34

$75,000 to $99,999

41

$100,000 and over

46

Education

High School or less

29

Some college

34

College graduate

43

Post graduate

43

Political Party

Republican

41

Democrat

35

Independent

34


TABLE 8

WHO FOLLOWS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL - TREND

Do you follow major league baseball or not?

Summary of Yes Responses

Base: All adults

Total
%

2013

34

2011

36

2010

36

2009

41

2008

40

2007

37

2006

38

2005

37

2004

38

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States June 12 to 17, 2013 among 2,210 adults (aged 18 and over) of whom 760 follow major league baseball. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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The Harris Poll #44, July 15, 2013

By Regina A. Corso, SVP, Harris Poll and Public Relations

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