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

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.

 

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Essex

West Essex Field Hockey's Ellie Decker Overcomes Injury to be Named Athlete of the Week

December 2, 2016

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of her already impressive career, West Essex field hockey sophomore Ellie Decker was ready. The Knights had prepared for this moment for years, with a strong team that had finally reached the Tournament of Champions final—the ultimate goal for any New Jersey team.

Only two hours later, Decker’s season ...

20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 10, 9:00 AM

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser, West Caldwell

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Home & Garden Other Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_648cf0885bf4db0a38c5_cookie

Sat, December 10, 9:00 AM

The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, Caldwell

Cookie Sale at First Presbyterian Church to ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Sun, December 11, 9:00 AM

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser, West Caldwell

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Home & Garden Other Religions And Spirituality

Essex County College's West Essex Campus Open House Set for Saturday

December 6, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex campus of Essex County College will conduct an open house for prospective students Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The campus is at 730 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell.

Prospective students who attend the open house will have their application fee waived. If qualified, they will receive an on-the-spot admission decision.

Trinity Academy's Builders Club Creates 25 Baskets of Complete Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in Need

CALDWELL, NJ - Right before Thanksgiving, the students in the Trinity Academy Builders Club created 25 baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

First, they collected donations from members of the school community and then spent a night creating the Thanksgiving baskets. To create the baskets, the Trinity Academy students filled laundry baskets full of all ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________

 

And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

West Essex Field Hockey's Ellie Decker Overcomes Injury to be Named Athlete of the Week

December 2, 2016

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Twenty-four hours before the biggest game of her already impressive career, West Essex field hockey sophomore Ellie Decker was ready. The Knights had prepared for this moment for years, with a strong team that had finally reached the Tournament of Champions final—the ultimate goal for any New Jersey team.

Only two hours later, Decker’s season ...

20-Year-Old Orange Man Arrested for Murder of Missing Montclair Woman

December 7, 2016

NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.

Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle ...

Randolph's Brendan Fletcher Reaches Top 8 on NBC’s “The Voice”

December 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - “And though the course may change sometimes, rivers always reach the sea,” Led Zepplin, Ten Years Gone

After years of changing his course, living in New Jersey, Boston, Brooklyn, and Charleston, all while singing in small local bars, at open mic nights, and working as a bartender to make ends meet, Randolph’s Brendan Fletcher always ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, December 10, 9:00 AM

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser, West Caldwell

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Home & Garden Other Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_648cf0885bf4db0a38c5_cookie

Sat, December 10, 9:00 AM

The First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, Caldwell

Cookie Sale at First Presbyterian Church to ...

Food & Drink Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Sun, December 11, 9:00 AM

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser, West Caldwell

Boy Scouts Troop 9 Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Home & Garden Other Religions And Spirituality

Essex County College's West Essex Campus Open House Set for Saturday

December 6, 2016

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex campus of Essex County College will conduct an open house for prospective students Saturday, December 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The campus is at 730 Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell.

Prospective students who attend the open house will have their application fee waived. If qualified, they will receive an on-the-spot admission decision.

Trinity Academy's Builders Club Creates 25 Baskets of Complete Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in Need

CALDWELL, NJ - Right before Thanksgiving, the students in the Trinity Academy Builders Club created 25 baskets of complete Thanksgiving dinners for families in need.

First, they collected donations from members of the school community and then spent a night creating the Thanksgiving baskets. To create the baskets, the Trinity Academy students filled laundry baskets full of all ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on TApinto.net.

WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD CAMP, WHAT VISUAL COMES TO MIND?

George: A six lb.

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________

 

And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...