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Press Release Source: Harris Interactive



New York Yankees Retain #1 Position as Country's Most Popular Baseball Team, and Chicago Cubs Move Up to #2 Atlanta Braves Drop to #3

Wednesday June 2, 3:09 pm ET


ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Yankees retain their number one position as the country's most popular baseball team, followed by the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs move up to the second place from seventh place last year. However, they were in third place in 1999. The Braves were in first place in 1999 and fell to second place last year before slipping again this year to number three.


These are some of the results of a nationwide Harris Poll of 923 adults who follow major league baseball conducted online by Harris Interactive? between April 13 and 18, 2004.


Following the Yankees, Cubs and Braves, the next most popular teams are the Boston Red Sox (#4), the Detroit Tigers (#5), the Philadelphia Phillies (#6), the San Francisco Giants (#7), the Baltimore Orioles (#8), the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Houston Astros, and the Cleveland Indians (the last four all tied for equal ninth place).


Biggest improvements since last year


Four teams have moved up nine or more places since 2003:

-- The Houston Astros up eleven places from #20 to #9

-- The Detroit Tigers up ten places from #15 to #5

-- The Baltimore Orioles up ten places from #18 to #8; and

-- The Pittsburgh Pirates up nine places from #18 to #9.


Worst drops since last year


Four teams have dropped nine or more places since last year:

-- The New York Mets have fallen eleven places from #3 to #14

-- The Minnesota Twins have fallen twelve places from #5 to #17

-- The Cincinnati Reds have dropped nine places from #10 to #19

-- The Anaheim Angels have fallen nine points from #16 to #25.


           "What is your favorite major league baseball team?"
  Base:  Follow major league baseball

                                      Rank            Rank            Rank
                                      1999            2003            2004

  New York Yankees                      2               1               1
  Chicago Cubs                          3               7               2
  Atlanta Braves                        1               2               3
  Boston Red Sox                        8               6               4
  Detroit Tigers                       10              15               5
  Philadelphia Phillies                16              12               6
  San Francisco Giants                 26               9               7
  Baltimore Orioles                     9             =18               8
  Los Angeles Dodgers                   7               8              =9
  Pittsburgh Pirates                   18             =18              =9
  Houston Astros                       22             =20              =9
  Cleveland Indians                     5               4              =9
  St. Louis Cardinals                   4              14              13
  New York Mets                        12               3              14
  Seattle Mariners                      6              11             =15
  Texas Rangers                        15              13             =15
  Minnesota Twins                      11               5             =17
  Arizona Diamondbacks                 NA             =16             =17
  Kansas City Royals                   24             =25             =19
  Cincinnati Reds                      13              10             =19
  Florida Marlins                      25             =25              21
  Oakland Athletics                    19             =20              22
  Milwaukee Brewers                    21              23              23
  Colorado Rockies                     14              24              24
  Anaheim Angels                       23             =16             =25
  San Diego Padres                     17              22             =25
  Chicago White Sox                    20              27              27
  Tampa Bay Devil Rays                 NA              28              28
  Toronto Blue Jays**                  28              29              29
  Montreal Expos**                     27              30              30

NOTE: It should be noted that the sample was limited to the United States. It is therefore no surprise that the two Canadian teams place last on this list in surveys where no Canadian residents are surveyed.


The Harris Poll? #40, June 2, 2004

By Humphrey Taylor, chairman of The Harris Poll?, Harris Interactive.





The Harris Poll? was conducted online within the United States between April 13 and 18, 2004 among a nationwide cross section of 2,415 adults (aged 18 and over), of which 923 said they follow major league baseball. Figures for age, sex, race, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. "Propensity score" weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.


In theory, with probability samples of this size, one could say with 95 percent certainty that the results have a statistical precision of +/-2 percentage points of what they would be if the entire adult population had been polled with complete accuracy. Unfortunately, there are several other possible sources of error in all polls or surveys that are probably more serious than theoretical calculations of sampling error. They include refusals to be interviewed (non-response), question wording and question order, and weighting. It is impossible to quantify the errors that may result from these factors. This online sample was not a probability sample.


These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National

Council on Public Polls.



About Harris Interactive?


Harris Interactive (http://www.harrisinteractive.com) is a worldwide market research and consulting firm best known for The Harris Poll?, and for pioneering the Internet method to conduct scientifically accurate market research. Headquartered in Rochester, New York, Harris Interactive combines proprietary methodologies and technology with expertise in predictive, custom and strategic research. The Company conducts international research from its U.S. offices and through wholly owned subsidiaries-London-based HI Europe (http://www.hieurope.com), Paris-based Novatris and Tokyo-based Harris Interactive Japan-as well as through the Harris Interactive Global Network of independent market- and opinion-research firms. EOE M/F/D/V


To become a member of the Harris Poll Online(SM) and be invited to participate in future online surveys, visit http://www.harrispollonline.com.


Nancy Wong

Harris Interactive


[email protected]

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923 adults!? That's a drop in the ocean.


Wow, so, you're telling me the team who makes their jerseys and hats in LAKER COLORS, lime green and even lemon yellow is the most popular? Who'd a thunk it. People who don't like baseball like the Yankee's.


Seriously, I'm more stunned by how there were only 923 people asked. That's not very many people. It seems like this popularity contest is stupid when you only poll 923. I mean, more people see the Expos play than that in a week.

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Tigers #5???? :blink:

i dont think they deserve number 5 Well, I guess the olde english D is a pretty popular logo, and getting more popular with D12 and Eminem and all that stuff. But I had no clue they would be #5 after a 119 loss season the way that Americans jump on the bandwagon.

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2-5 have won 1 championship combined in the last like 50 years. lol

Ummm, no.


The Tigers won in '68 and '84.

The Braves won in '95 (I think that was the year.)


3 buddy, get it right. :shifty it's 4, the phillies won in 1980 Phillies were 6th Thank you, I didn't want to make a big issue, I was j/k.


It was 3 though...the '84 Tigers owned.

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it just shows how many bandwagoners live in this country. i say we invade canada and send all bandwagoners and throw them in nova scotia. i bet you ask this question 85 years ago and the #1 team would be the sox, ask it 100 years from now it would be the marlins.

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