It's a common joke that Florida, specifically South Florida, is the sixth borough of New York City, but a new Quinnipiac University poll shows that it might be closer to the truth than we thought -- and it makes the Miami Marlins look awfully sad.
According to the Connecticut university’s Polling Institute, the Fish are the third favorite baseball team in a state with just two teams, thanks to the New York Yankees.
A survey of 1,988 Floridians shows the Yankees are the most popular team in the Sunshine State, followed by the Tampa Bay Rays and Marlins. Whatever high the Fish are on with this year's improved attendance numbers, here's guessing it just died.
However, the numbers also show that Floridians don’t have the same interest in the sport as other states do, with only 46 percent saying that they are “very interested” or “somewhat interested" in Major League Baseball.
“Florida has only a 19-year tradition with Major League Baseball, so there is less fan interest, with the possible exception of those transplanted New Yorkers and their offspring,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Polling Institute, in a statement.
20 percent of Floridians interviewed said they root for the Yankees, while the Rays were supported by 18 percent and the Marlins by 15 percent.
Southeast Floridians reigned supreme in the Marlins fan category, with 44 percent of locals having a tip-top place in their hearts for the Fish, compared to 25 percent for those fancy Bronx Bombers.
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