Fans want to see Bonds testify

3/16/2005 - Barry Bonds

Baseball fans surveyed by ESPN and ABC News are unsatisfied with Major League Baseball's handling of the steroids scandal.

That said, they want baseball -- and not the government -- to handle enforcement.

In the poll released Wednesday, the day before Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and others are scheduled to appear at a congressional hearing, fans call for even greater steps by baseball.

Those surveyed would like to see similar testimony from Barry Bonds, who has been at the center of the ongoing BALCO investigation. He was not subpoenaed to appear in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Fans also have concerns about baseball's records, and would like to see those set with the help of performance-enhancing drugs removed from the record books.

Commissioner Bud Selig has already said there will be no asterisks in the record books.

The random national survey of 603 adults who considered themselves baseball fans was conducted Friday-Tuesday. It has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Who should be in charge of creating and enforcing rules against the use of performance-enhancing drugs by pro baseball players?
MLB 70
Federal government 26
No opinion 4

Should Barry Bonds have been called to testify before a congressional committee on Thursday?
Should 72
Should not 16
No opinion 12

How concerned are you that the use of performance-enhancing drugs by well-known athletes encourages young people to use these drugs?
Very concerned 50
Somewhat concerned 36
Not so or not at all concerned 14

Do you think Barry Bonds did or did not knowingly use steroids?
Did 65
Did not 16
No opinion 19

Do you think players who are found to have broken baseball's rules by using performance-enhancing drugs should be allowed to remain in the records books?
Should not 59
Should 37
No opinion 4

Is Major League Baseball doing enough to prevent the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs by pro baseball players?
Not enough 69
Enough 21
No opinion 10