Steroids or Not, Fans Want Bonds to Play

Part of these differences stem from broader perceptions of the issue: While 79 percent of men who are fans call the use of performance-enhancing drugs a problem in baseball, that goes higher -- 90 percent -- among women.

Fans

More people in this poll than in the 2005 ABC News/ESPN poll -- 55 percent vs. 46 percent -- identify themselves as baseball fans (and another 10 percent say they're "somewhat" of a fan). A possible reason is that the 2005 poll was done in March, rather than in the midst of another baseball season. Nonetheless, on most issues views of fans and non-fans on these issues are quite similar, likely because of the notoriety of Bonds' case.

Methodology

This ABC News/ESPN poll was conducted by telephone July 19, 2006, among a random national sample of 500 adults. The results have a 4.5-point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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