The Associated Press-Ipsos poll on public attitudes about
baseball was conducted May 29-31 and June 4-6 and is based on
telephone interviews with 2,000 adults and 825 baseball fans from
all states except Alaska and Hawaii.
Results were weighted to represent the population by demographic
factors such as age, sex, region, race and income.
No more than one time in 20 should chance variations in the
sample cause the results to vary by more than plus or minus 2
percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all
people in the U.S. were polled and 3.5 percentage points for
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. An "X" signifies less than 1
percent. Results from the October 2006 poll are in parentheses.
Are you a fan of professional baseball or not? (Asked of all adults)
• Yes, 36 percent (32)
• No, 59 percent (64)
• Somewhat, 5 percent (4)
(The rest of the questions were asked only of baseball fans)
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants is very close to breaking Hank Aaron's record of 755 lifetime home runs. Are you rooting for Barry Bonds to break Hank Aaron's record or do you hope he will fall short of it?
• Hope he falls short, 42 percent (48)
• Rooting for him to break it, 40 percent (33)
• Don't care, 17 percent (16)
• Don't know/Not sure, 1 percent (3)
Do you think baseball fans are treating Barry Bonds fairly or unfairly when it comes to the allegations of steroid use made against him?
• Fairly, 57 percent
• Unfairly, 31 percent
• Don't know/Not sure, 12 percent
Should Barry Bonds be allowed into baseball's Hall of Fame, or not?
• Yes, 53 percent
• No, 36 percent
• Don't know/Not sure, 11 percent
How much do you care if professional baseball players use steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs?
• A lot, 71 percent (58)
• A little, 18 percent (23)
• Not at all, 11 percent (18)
• Don't know/Not sure, X percent (1)
When it comes to curbing the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, is Major League Baseball doing:
• Too much, 4 percent (7)
• Not enough, 61 percent (51)
• About the right amount, 32 percent (37)
• Don't know/Not sure, 3 percent (5)
Which comes closest to your view? Would you say:
• I take baseball records less seriously than I used to as a result of allegations of steroid use by baseball players, 58 percent
• Allegations of steroid use by baseball players haven't affected how seriously I take baseball records, 37 percent
• Don't know/Not sure, 5 percent