Questions from The AP/AOL poll about baseball

Updated: April 5, 2005, 10:16 AM ET
Associated Press

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


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

ALSO SEE