Yankees Edge Out Red Sox in Q-Poll

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    New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second while Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tries to get a hand on the ball during the ninth inning.

    Spring training is underway and Connecticut is about as divided on the Yankees and Red Sox as you can be.

    A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning finds that the Boston Red Sox still trail the New York Yankees, 43 to 38, despite the Sox’s recent World Series win.

    "Boston's World Series victory doesn't mean beans in Connecticut, where more fans back the New York Yankees - the favorites for four years now," Douglas Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said in a statement.

    This is the 12th annual Connecticut baseball poll. Last summer, the Yankees led, 42 to 37 percent.

    The recent poll also found that 8 percent of fans cheer for the New York Mets.

    The poll also looked into the gender divide and female fans slightly favor the Red Sox: 44 percent, compared with 42 percent for the Yankees.

    Last year, women went for pinstripes 48 to 35 percent.

    Men back the Bombers, 44 to 34 percent, compared to last year when they split with 40 percent for the Sox and 37 percent for the Yankees.

    The biggest divide is geographical.

    New York neighbors in Fairfield County go to the Yankees, 57 to 15 percent, while Hartford County goes to the Sox, 51 to 36 percent.

    Boston is up, 61 to 26 percent, in Tolland, Windham and New London counties.

    "Men and women have shifted, but the overall result is little changed. The Yankees huge margin in Fairfield County gives them a statewide edge," Schwartz said.

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