Who is the Most Popular Baseball Player?

Reading Time: 2 minutes

ByUSDR

Derek Jeter enters his final baseball season with the New York Yankees as the most popular player in the game, according to a new survey by the Saint Leo University PollingInstitute.

In a national survey of 1,009 people, respondents were asked to name their favorite player without being provided a list of names from which tochoose.

Jeter, the Yankees shortstop and captain, was cited most often as people’s favorite baseball player, named by 39 respondents. David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox (11 mentions) and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (nine mentions) placed second and third, respectively. Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves, six), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees, five), Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies, five), Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox, five), Justin Verlander (Tigers, five) also all received at least fivementions.

Nearly half of all people (47 percent), say they are very (20 percent) or somewhat (27 percent) interested in following Major League Baseball. This includes 57 percent of men and 39 percent ofwomen.

Despite steps taken by Major League Baseball to clean up the use of steroids in the league, fans continue to have concerns and doubts. Sixty-two percent of people say they are very (28 percent) or somewhat (34 percent) concerned about steroid use by professional baseball players. Nineteen percent report they are “not at all” concerned about steroid use. Seventy-five percent say the use of steroids has either increased (30 percent) or stayed about the same (35 percent) in the past fiveyears.

Below are selected questions andresponses.

Question: The Major League Baseball season is about to begin. How interested are you in following Major League Baseball? Would you say very interested, somewhat interested, somewhat uninterested, or not at allinterested?

Percentages Level of Interest Men Women
20 Very interested 26 15
27 Somewhat interested 31 24
15 Somewhat uninterested 15 15
35 Not at all interested 27 43
2 Not sure / don’t know 1 4

Question: Do you think Major League Baseball players are paid more than they are worth, are paid about what they are worth, or are paid less than they areworth?

Percentages Opinion
67 Baseball players are paid more than they are worth
18 Baseball players are paid about what they are worth
1 Baseball players are paid less than they are worth
14 Not sure / don’t know

Question: How concerned are you about the use of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs by professional baseball players? Would you say you are very concerned, somewhat concerned, somewhat unconcerned, or not at allconcerned?

Percentages Level of Concern
28 Very concerned
34 Somewhat concerned
12 Somewhat unconcerned
19 Not at all concerned
8 Not sure / don’t know

Question: Compared to five years ago, do you think the use of steroids or other banned performance enhancing drugs by Major League Baseball players has increased, stayed about the same, ordecreased?

Percentages Opinion
30 Increased
35 Stayed about the same
14 Decreased
22 Not sure / don’t know

The data is derived from a national poll of 1,009 people conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute between March 16 and 18, 2014. The margin of error is approximately three percent +/- with a 95 percent confidencelevel.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.

*



Show Buttons
Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Google Plus
Share On Linkdin
Share On Pinterest
Share On Reddit
Share On Stumbleupon
Contact us
Hide Buttons
Rimons twitter widget by Rimon Habib