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Questions from The AP/AOL poll about baseball

4/5/2005

The Associated Press-AOL Sports telephone poll on attitudes
about steroids and other issues in professional baseball is based
on telephone interviews with 1,001 adults from all states except
Alaska and Hawaii. The interviews were conducted April 1-3 by
Ipsos-Public Affairs.

Results were weighted to represent the population by demographic
factors such as age, sex, region and education. An asterisk
designates less than 1 percent.

No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the
sample cause the results to vary by more than 3 percentage points
from the answers that would be obtained if all Americans were
polled.

There are other sources of potential error in polls, including
the wording and order of questions. Results may not total 100
percent because of rounding.

Results for baseball fans in parentheses. The margin of error
for 401 baseball fans is plus or minus 5 percentage points.

1. Are you a fan of professional baseball or not?
--Yes, 35 percent
--No, 60 percent
--Somewhat (volunteered), 5 percent

2. In your view, which one statement represents the biggest
problem in Major League Baseball?

--The players make too much money, 33 percent (34)
--Players use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs, 27 percent (30)
--It costs too much to attend a game, 22 percent (25)
--The games are too long, 8 percent (5)
--Other, 6 percent (4)
--Not sure, 4 percent (1)

3. How much do you care if professional baseball players use
steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs? Do you care ...

--A lot, 55 percent (63)
--A little, 23 percent (21)
--Not at all, 22 percent (15)

(ASKED OF HALF SAMPLE)

4a. If a baseball player was found to have used steroids or
other performance-enhancing drugs, should he be allowed into
baseball's Hall of Fame or not?

--Yes, 26 percent (36)
--No, 70 percent (62)
--Not sure, 4 percent (2)

(ASKED OF OTHER HALF SAMPLE)

4b. If a baseball player was found to have used steroids or
other performance-enhancing drugs, but only before baseball enacted
rules against those drugs in 2002, should he be allowed into
baseball's Hall of Fame or not?

--Yes, 32 percent (45)
--No, 62 percent (52)
--Not sure, 6 percent (3)

(ASKED OF ALL)

5. When it comes to oversight of Major League Baseball's efforts
to curb the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs,
is Congress doing ...

--Too much, 21 percent (24)
--Not enough, 39 percent (37)
--About the right amount, 31 percent (33)
--Not sure, 9 percent (6)

(QUESTIONS 6-7 ASKED ONLY OF BASEBALL FANS)

6. Currently eight teams make the playoffs each season, should
baseball expand the number of teams in the playoffs to 12, or leave
the number at eight?

--Leave the number at eight, 78 percent
--Expand the number to 12, 19 percent
--Not sure, 3 percent

7. If you had to choose, what kind of baseball game would you
prefer to watch?

--A close game with a lot of runs scored, 56 percent
--A pitcher's duel, 42 percent
--Not sure, 2 percent