The Yankees might own far more world championships than the Mets, but the Amazins are New York City’s most popular team, according to a new poll.
In June 2012, a Quinnipiac University poll found that New York State residents preferred the Yankees over the Mets by a margin of 60 percent to 22 percent.
Last week, a sequel to that poll shows 48 percent back the Yankees, while 34 percent back the Mets.
The New York City results are even more intriguing: 45 percent for the Mets and 43 percent for the Yankees (within the 2.5 + or- percentage points margin of error).
Interesting, New York State men are more likely to back the Yankees (49-32) than women are (46-36). The main Mets inroad is with younger fans, as the Yankees lead in age 18-49 by 47 percent to 39 percent while leading in age 50+ by 50-30 percent.
Upstaters go 53 percent for the Yankees vs. 14 percent for the Mets and 9 percent for the Boston Red Sox. Suburbanites prefer the Yankees by a modest 49-44 percent margin.
These results are not a surprise to those in the region old enough to remember the late 1980s, when after that Mets 1986 World Series victory, Yankees hats became scarce all over the city. If the Mets win another title, it will happen again.
Yankees fans can take consolation in the fact that they are experiencing more staying power in New Jersey. Two weeks ago, a Quinnipiac poll showed the Yankees preferred by 39 percent, the Mets by 20 percent – and the Phillies by 21 percent. Those margins are similar in terms of both gender and age.