The Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres have poor standing statewide, according to a new poll of fans statewide.
Siena college finds 45 percent of New York state says the Yankees are either their first or second favorite team
Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers continue to describe themselves as sports fans. Seventy-three percent of men and 44 percent of women call themselves fans
The survey of 813 residents found only 5 percent that say the Bills are their number one, and only 12 percent listed them as the second favorite statewide.
In hockey 32 percent see the Rangers in the playoffs and only six percent can picture the sabres there.
The survey was done before the team was all but mathematically eliminated with a loss to Montreal thursdaty evening.
The survey also found 43 percent of New Yorkers support legalizataion of mixed martial arts, compared with 34 percent who oppose the sport
MMA has plurality support in every region, is strongly endorsed by young people and has majority support among men and sports fans. Older New Yorkers tend to oppose legalization while it is a toss up among women and those that say they are not sports fans," says survey Director Don Levy, in a prepared statement.
The poll also found steady growth for support of mixed martial arts, gaining approx. 10 percentage points since the last survey on the issue was taken in May
From Siena.. Here's the announcement of their poll results.
NY’ers Rank Yankees as Favorite Team; Giants 2nd, Mets 3rd
43% to 33%, NY Voters Support Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts
Most Predict Successful Season for Jeter, Rivera; 56% Expect Yanks to Make Playoffs
Loudonville, NY – The New York Yankees continue to be New York State‟s favorite sports team as 45 percent of residents rate the Yankees as either their first or second favorite team compared to 29 percent citing the New York Giants and 22 percent naming the New York Mets according to a new poll of New Yorkers released today by the Siena College Research Institute (SRI). A ten-point plurality (43% to 33%) of registered voters support the legalization of mixed martial arts, known as MMA.
Sixty-three percent of New Yorkers think Derek Jeter will have at least a somewhat (37%) or very successful (26%) season while 61 percent (28% very, 33% somewhat) expect his teammate, Mariano Rivera to enjoy success this season. Fifty-six percent of all New Yorkers and 69 percent of Yankee fans expect the Bronx Bombers to make the playoffs this season.
“Support for MMA has grown in New York since our last poll nearly a year ago,” said SRI‟s Director, Dr. Don Levy. “Last May a small plurality, thirty-two percent to twenty-six percent supported mixed martial arts while over forty percent either needed more information or simply didn‟t have an opinion. Today among registered voters support is up and supporters now lead opponents by ten points as more New Yorkers are making up their mind. MMA has plurality support in every region, is strongly endorsed by young people and has majority support among men and sports fans. Older New Yorkers tend to oppose legalization while it is a toss-up among women and those that say they are not sports fans.”
Fifty-eight percent of New Yorkers continue to describe themselves as sports fans. Seventy-three percent of men and 44 percent of women call themselves fans. Whether they call themselves sports fans or not, nearly half, 45 percent say the Yankees are either their first or second team, 29 percent root for the Giants, 22 percent for the Mets, and 17 percent for the New York Knicks. Grouping New Yorkers as fans of the four major sports according to their team preferences, 58 percent are baseball fans, 48 percent are football fans, 31 percent follow basketball and 13 percent follow hockey.
“Despite injuries and age, New Yorkers in general and especially Yankee fans, think both Yankee captain, Derek Jeter and closer, Mariano Rivera, will bounce back and have successful seasons,” according to Levy. “While about 6 in 10 New Yorkers predict big years for Jeter and Rivera, over three quarters of sports fans and almost as many Yankee fans see the two veterans putting up big numbers this summer.”
“Another of the Yankees‟ injured stars, Alex Rodriguez, also gets a vote of confidence from a plurality of all New Yorkers and a small majority of the Yankee faithful,” Levy notes. “While far more, thirty-two percent of all New Yorkers and thirty-six percent of Yankee fans, predict A-Rod‟s season will be unproductive compared to only a scant number of nay-sayers for either Derek or Mo, a plurality of all New Yorkers and just over half of Yankee fans believe the former MVP will once again contribute to the Yankee pennant hopes.”
While a majority of New Yorkers expect the Yankees to make the playoffs this year, only 19 percent of all New Yorkers and a quarter of Met fans believe the Mets will play in the post-season. In basketball, 54 percent of all New Yorkers and 87 percent of their fans expected the Knicks to make the playoffs as the season entered its final stage. Only 25 percent of state residents predicted the Brooklyn Nets would reach the playoffs in their first season in New York but 39 percent of basketball fans expected the Nets to compete in the post-season. In hockey, 32 percent of all fans see the New York Rangers reaching the playoffs, twelve percent expect both the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils to make it to the playoffs and only 6 percent predict success for the Buffalo Sabres. Among hockey fans those „make-the-playoff‟ predictions are: Rangers 54 percent, Islanders 24 percent, Devils 23 percent and Sabres 12 percent.
Asked which of all the New York area teams has the best chance of winning a championship this season, the Yankees (28%) edge out the Giants (23%) among all New Yorkers but among sports fans, the Giants receive the most votes (31%) followed by the Yankees (26%) and the Knicks (16%). Among their own fans, the Yankees and Giants both garner 44 percent of their fan base that believe their team will go all the way this year while 38 percent of Knick fans believe their team will be hoisting the trophy.
The SRI New York Sports Poll was conducted April 2 – 4, 7 - 10, 2013 by random telephone calls to 813 New York adults via landline and cell phones. Data was statistically adjusted by age and gender to ensure representativeness. SRI reports this data at a 95% confidence level with a margin of error of + 3.5 points. There are 719 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.7.