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MLB Fans on Steroids, Favorite Players

As Major League Baseball's first post-Mitchell Report season gets underway, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds seven in 10 fans believe at least a quarter of the game's players use steroids to improve their performance.

That's up twenty percentage points from July 2002 and includes a third who say at least half of major leaguers use such drugs. About half of fans say the issue matters "a lot" to them, and CBS reports that older fans are more likely to be concerned about players' drug use than younger fans.

But many, 46 percent, remain interested in the nation's pasttime, and heading into the new season, the team with the league's highest payroll also boasts the two top fan favorites: New York Yankees Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Nine percent cite Jeter as their favorite player, five percent say A-Rod is their top pick.

Five players - Barry Bonds (as yet unsigned this season and a major figure in the league's steroid imbroglio), the Cincinnati Reds' Ken Griffey, Jr., the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals - tie for third at two percent each.

Nearly half of all fans, 48 percent, said they didn't have a current favorite or weren't sure. This baseball fan shares her favorite, David Wright of the New York Mets, with one percent of all MLB fans.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  March 31, 2008; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Polls  
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