Town Editor

Thumb_4e616c35b893351e6125_jackie
Jessica Marrone Parkes and Jackie Schatell

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Advertise On TAP »

Letters to the Editor

Today's Events

Police Blotter

Columns

Lost in Suburbia®

The Eyebrows Have it

“Can I ask you a question? Who does your eyebrows?” I turned and looked at the woman in the aisle at the makeup store who was peering intently at my eyebrows. “Um, I’m ...

Read the Full Story »

West Essex Regional Schools

West Essex Chapter of Unico National presented Athletic Awards to West Essex High School Seniors

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - The West Essex Chapter of Unico National presented Athletic Awards to West Essex High School seniors Monica Onorata and Joe Egan, both from Fairfield.  West Essex High ...

Read the Full Story »

Y Works

West Essex YMCA Hosts Annual Splash Week Teaching Kids to be Safe Around Water

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Renewing its longstanding commitment to ending childhood drowning, the West Essex YMCA begins its annual weeklong “Splash Week” swim program on Monday. The YMCA’s ...

Read the Full Story »

Discount Travel News

Vacation in Hawaii Over Summer Holiday

World Pass International wishes TAPinto readers a very happy 4th of July! Today we are also excited to tell you about our special in Hawaii at the Wyndham Bali Hai Villas on the Island of ...

Read the Full Story »

Caldwell-West Caldwell School District In the News

Grover Cleveland Middle School Announces June Students of the Month

CALDWELL, NJ – Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, recently announced its Students of the Month for June. This month’s students are: sixth grader Phillip Krupp; ...

Read the Full Story »

CPA Q&A

Roy I. Levine

Roy I. Levine is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey and New York. Roy received his certification as a Chartered Global Management Accountant in 2012.  He brings more than forty ...

Read the Full Story »

Featured Business Listing

New Listing North Caldwell

  • West Essex
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 5.5
  • Price: $1,400,000.00

Facebook

Twitter

Baseball & Steroids: Americans Supports Most Sanctions According to Monmouth University Poll

By PATRICK MURRAY, MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY POLLING INSTITUTE DIRECTOR

August 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM


WEST LONG BRANCH, NJ – According to our latest national Monmouth University Poll, few Americans think that new testing and penalties imposed eight years ago have had much impact on reducing steroid use in professional baseball. The public supports a wide range of sanctions for repeat offenders in the wake of the Biogenesis scandal, but a lifetime playing ban is not among them. There is some concern that a continuing scandal could erode the national pastime’s fan base despite Major League Baseball’s best efforts. 

Steroid Awareness
More than 8-in-10 Americans are aware of the use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs by professional baseball players, including 55% who have heard a lot about this and 31% who have heard a little. Among this aware group, only 40% say that expanded testing and increased penalties by Major League Baseball in 2005 have been effective. Another 49% say they have not been effective in reducing steroid use among players.

Only 31% of those following the news believe that steroid use has gone down since new screening procedures and sanctions were put in place eight years ago. Another 40% say steroid use is about the same as it was and 18% say that steroid use has actually increased despite MLB’s efforts. Those who watch baseball at least weekly are the most likely to say that steroid use has gone down – about half (49%) hold this opinion. Only 30% of occasional baseball viewers and 24% of adults who are not fans of baseball say the same. 
 
Major League Baseball 
Nearly 8-in-10 Americans aware of the steroid news say MLB is taking this issue seriously, although more say it is taking it just somewhat seriously (45%) rather than very seriously (34%). Another 12% say the league is treating the issue not too seriously and 4% say it is not at all serious about the problem. Frequent game viewers (49%) and occasional viewers (40%) are more likely than non-fans (25%) to say that the league takes the steroid issue very seriously.

Overall, a majority of Americans currently hold a positive view of Major League Baseball, including 25% with a strongly favorable opinion and 28% with a somewhat favorable opinion. Fewer than 1-in-4 hold a negative view – 13% somewhat unfavorable and 9% strongly unfavorable. Another 25% have no opinion. Among those who have heard a lot about the steroid issue, 58% have a positive view of professional baseball and 24% have a negative view. 

Players and Scandal
On the other hand, if players on their favorite team were found to have used steroids, 28% of adults say they would watch that team less often than they do now. Most (65%) would continue to watch the same number of games as they do now. Another 2% actually say they would be inclined to watch more games if a steroid scandal hit their favorite team.

Sanctions
The Monmouth University Poll also asked about public support of six possible sanctions for repeat steroid users – that is baseball players who have been found to use steroids more than once. Fully 3-in-4 (75%) support banning the offender from playing for an entire season. Seven-in-ten also say that fining the player a full season’s salary (70%) or imposing a shorter ban of 50 games (69%) would be appropriate. Just over 6-in-10 support erasing any records a player set while using steroids (63%) as well as banning the player from inclusion in the Hall of Fame (63%). However, only 1-in-3 Americans (33%) would support a lifetime playing ban for a player who was found to have used steroids more than once. 
 
Notes on the poll: Professional baseball fans who watch games at least once a week represent 23% of American adults and occasional viewers make up 21% of the public. The remaining 56% of adults say they are not fans of professional baseball. This poll was conducted after the suspension of Milwaukee Brewer player Ryan Braun but before the most recent sanctions against New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez and other players were announced.

The latest Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone with 1,012 adults from July 25 to 30, 2013. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.1 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, New Jersey.

 

 

Sign Up for E-News