Friday, September 23, 2011
With less than a week to go before the end of the 2011 regular season, the Philadelphia Phillies are the odds-on favorite to win this year’s World Series.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of adults who watch professional baseball at least once a week shows that 32% believe the Phillies, who were the first team to win their division’s title, will go on to win the 2011 World Series. Twelve percent (12%) believe the New York Yankees will win their 28th championship, while 10% pick the Boston Red Sox.
Just eight percent (8%) of baseball fans think the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers will win it all this year, while both the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers are tied at seven percent (7%). No other team reaches five percent (5%) support on this question. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The Phillies were also favored to win heading in to the 2011 season, with Boston coming in second at that time.
But when it comes to who fans want to see win, the Red Sox come out slightly on top. Fifteen percent (15%) are pulling for Boston, while the Phillies, Yankees and Brewers each draw support from 11%. Ten percent (10%) want to see the Rangers win their first-ever championship after a tough series loss last year.
Fans of the Phillies, who have held the best record in baseball for months, are the most confident in their team. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of those who want the Phillies to win the championship think they will do so. Tigers fans are the second most confident, with 80% who say their team will win it all this year.
Most fans (59%) say they generally root against the past century’s most successful franchise, the Yankees. Just 19% say they usually root for them and another 23% aren’t sure.
A plurality (45%) says they generally root against the Phillies, while 21% usually root for them and 33% more are undecided.
While 28% usually pull for the Red Sox, 46% usually hope they lose. Another 26% aren’t sure.
The survey of 328 Baseball Fans was conducted on September 17-20, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 6 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article.
OR8-Weeks FREE to our top-tier Platinum Service Subscription. Limited Time Offer > Sign Up Now!
Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information.
We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest. To ensure editorial control and independence, we pay for the polls ourselves and generate revenue through the sale of subscriptions, sponsorships, and advertising. Nightly polling on politics, business and lifestyle topics provides the content to update the Rasmussen Reports web site many times each day. If it's in the news, it's in our polls. Additionally, the data drives a daily update newsletter and various media outlets across the country.
Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. Subscriptions are available for $4.95 a month or 34.95 a year that provide subscribers with exclusive access to more than 20 stories per week on upcoming elections, consumer confidence, and issues that affect us all. For those who are really into the numbers, Platinum Members can review demographic crosstabs and a full history of our data.
To learn more about our methodology, click here.