“Avid fans” of Major League Baseball (MLB) are more likely to support the relocation of the All-Star Game, according to a new poll published Monday.
Morning Consult surveyed 2,200 adults from April 2-4 regarding MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Atlanta, Georgia, to Denver, Colorado, in response to Georgia’s new voting law. (RELATED: MLB Caves To Pressure, Moves All Star Game Out Of Atlanta)
The poll found that 62% of “avid” fans of MLB supported the company’s move. Forty-three percent of overall self-described “sports fans” supported the decision, Morning Consult found. In total, 39% of adults surveyed supported the relocation, according to the poll.
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A majority of Democrats applauded the move, with 65% supporting the decision, the poll showed. Only 14% of Republicans polled supported the decision, while 56% opposed it, according to the poll. Independents largely did not have strong opinions on the matter, with 43% responding they either did not know or did not have an opinion.
The polled MLB fans were about 3% more likely to self-identify as a Democrat, which may explain the spike in MLB fans supporting the decision, Morning Consult claims.
The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2%, according to Morning Consult.
MLB decided to move the game Friday following Georgia passing the “The Election Integrity Act of 2021,” requiring photo ID be presented when submitting an absentee ballot.
“Georgians — and all Americans — should fully understand what the MLB’s knee-jerk decision means: cancel culture and woke political activists are coming for every aspect of your life, sports included,” Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said of the move, according to The Hill.