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Public Opinion Research
Dodging the Bullet:
Play Ball … Or Else!
Many members of
players had gone
to the resolution
of the baseball conflict, fully 37% of business people in Maricopa County were
sufficiently angry to say they would not come back in the event of a strike. An equal
proportion (37%) also voiced anger, but said they would probably come back after a
strike. A small majority felt that the statement "Hey, the right to strike is American" best
described their attitude, and 19% do not follow baseball and did not care about the threat
of a looming strike.
Attitudes Towards Baseball Strike
Won't Come Back
Probably Come Back
Right to Strike
Percentages calculated without blank responses (5% of total)
"Conflicts over money seem to be a recurring problem in baseball," said poll director Dr.
Michael O'Neil, "and whether you're on the side of the league, the owners, or the players,
nobody wants to see the sport that they love destroyed by greed or intransigence."
O'Neil continued, "It appears that resentment is still substantial after the baseball conflicts
of recent years. Our numbers suggest that one more broken season might push a lot of
influential people over the edge, and once people leave, they may not be easy to bring
back. 'Three strikes and you're out' could take on a whole new meaning if those who
negotiate baseball's contracts are not very careful."
As for the particular imp