Via Brent Jonnson -
New Jersey may be wedged between New York and Philadelphia, but when it comes to the state’s baseball fans, the Yankees are apparently twice as loved as the Phillies.
As for the Mets? They have to settle for third.
According to a new poll from Quinnipiac University, 48 percent of the Garden State’s baseball fans root for the Yankees, while 22 percent prefer the Phillies. Sixteen percent are Mets fans.
Three percent root for the Boston Red Sox. Other teams make up 1 percent.
The survey was conducted among the 56 percent of New Jersey adults who are either “very interested” or “somewhat interested” in Major League Baseball. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,789 New Jersey adults from June 14-19.
“More New Jersey fans watch New York television than watch Philadelphia television,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “This is what you get in a state with no dedicated TV station, and no Major League Baseball team.”
“We do, however, have two National Football League teams: the New Jersey Jets and the New Jersey Giants — even if they don’t admit it.”
The Yankees lead in every section of the state, except the Philadelphia suburbs. There, Phillie fanatics outnumber Yankees fans 77-14 percent.
Women across the state prefer the Yankees over the Phillies 51-23 percent, with 13 percent for the Mets. For men, it’s the Yankees over the Phillies 46-22 percent, with 19 percent for the Mets.