NEW YORK – Most people are familiar with the red state/blue state divisions that characterize American politics. Now there seems to be a similar rift in baseball, only this time, red and purple are the operative colors.
Equal shares of Americans (33 percent) are rooting for the Boston Red Sox (red) and Colorado Rockies (purple) in the World Series, according to the latest FOX News poll.
Interestingly, among those who identify themselves as baseball fans (48 percent overall), the underdog Rockies are the favorites — by a 49 percent to 40 percent margin.
Click here to view full results of the poll. (pdf)
Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll of 900 registered voters for FOX News from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24 — the latter being the date of World Series Game One. The poll has a 3-point error margin.
The poll also shows that when the focus shifts from the team respondents want to win to the team they think will win, results are quite different. In this setting, a solid plurality (43 percent) say the American League Champion Red Sox will win, while just under one-quarter (24 percent) feel the National League Champion Rockies will prevail in the 103rd Fall Classic.
This sentiment is even more intense among self-identifying baseball fans, with the Red Sox viewed as likely victors by 57 percent of fans.
Despite the growing dominance of NFL football in American sports culture, nearly half of Americans (48 percent) say they consider themselves baseball fans.