Orange, NJ, December 12, 2017 — By a margin of 49% – 35%, Americans have said “no” to the inclusion of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The two have not yet been elected by the Baseball Writers, who are voting now for the 2018 inductees. Both seemingly had Hall of Fame credentials even before their linkage to performance enhancing drugs.
The poll also showed Americans agreeing with Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who sent a letter to voters saying players named as PED users should not be elected. 62% supported Morgan’s position, with only 26% opposing.
“Bonds and Clemens are not the only reported PED users who would likely have gained election,” said Poll Director Rick Gentile. “But they represent the top of the list of players under consideration who were scarred by the drug use. Support for their inclusion just isn’t there.”
The poll was taken November 27-29 across the nation, on both landlines and cell phones, with randomly placed telephone calls. The poll is sponsored by The Sharkey Institute. There were 719 respondents, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.
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About the poll:
This poll was conducted by telephone November 27-29 among 719 adults in the United States. The Seton Hall Sports Poll is conducted by the Sharkey Institute.
Phone numbers were dialed from random samples of both standard landline and cell phones. The landlines were called Seton Hall’s Poling Center at the Stillman School of Business and cell phones from Braun Research Incorporated. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus 3.7 percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
The Seton Hall Sports Poll has been conducted regularly since 2006.
- Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan recommended that players with a history of performance enhancing drug use during their playing careers should not be voted into the Hall of Fame. Do you agree or disagree with his recommendation?
Don’t know/No opinion 12
- Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were players with Hall of Fame caliber careers before they allegedly began using performance enhancing drugs. Do you think they should be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Don’t know/No opinion 16
The most recent poll asked people what they thought about President Trump’s comments regarding the NFL national anthem controversy (71% would like him to stop commenting, only 23% said he should continue to do so); what they thought about the efficacy of a plan to deal with the anthem controversy put forward by a number of NFL owners that would keep players in the locker room while the anthem played (63% said “not effective,” 27% said “yes”); and whether or not they planned on buying and NFL merchandise over the holiday season (20% said yes, and a whopping 74% said no) and whether the anthem controversy had anything to do with their decision not to buy (a third said it did).
In addition to these questions, the Poll gauged the public sentiment on the current selection format for the college football playoffs, the prospect of Roger Goodell’s contract extension, the impact of Jerry Jones, Women in sports broadcasting, and a number of other questions. You can see the release here.
- USA Today, “New poll shows fewer people support President Trump’s involvement in NFL anthem protests.”
- NY Daily News, “Most Americans want Trump to shut up about NFL anthem protests, new survey finds.”
- Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports, “Poll: 71% of Americans want Trump to stay out of NFL anthem spat.”
- ESPN’s Darren Rovell (who specializes in the business aspects of sports and has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter) tweeted the findings on NFL merchandise and the anthem controversy.
- ESPN editor, William Weinbaum, also reported the poll’s findings, “A Seton Hall Sports Poll released Thursday found 71% of Americans oppose & 23% favor President Trump continuing to comment on NFL players’ anthem protests. Last month, 55% opposed & 37% supported his involvement in the issue.”
- Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily, “Daily Digit.”