Two days ahead of the season opener in Detroit, Tom Jensen has some advice for Bobby Valentine, the new Red Sox manager: get off to a fast start, because your popularity pool is shallow.
He also has news for those Red Sox pitchers who fiddled - with chicken and beer - while Fenway Park burned: Ron Paul has higher favorables than you boys.
Jensen lives in North Carolina and is an Atlanta Braves fan, and so you might ask, who cares what Tom Jensen thinks? But unlike every loudmouth in this town, Jensen has more than an opinion when it comes to the Red Sox. He has empirical evidence.
Jensen is director of Public Policy Polling in Raleigh. His company was polling statewide on this deadly dull presidential campaign, so he decided to liven things up and ask Massachusetts voters about something they really care about: the Olde Towne Team.
“What’s amazing is that 81 percent of the state’s voters say they root for the Red Sox,’’ said Jensen. “That’s unheard of in any other part of the country. You couldn’t do a poll like this in other states because you wouldn’t be able to find a big enough sample. In Ohio, you’d be lucky to get 10 percent of voters identifying themselves as Indians fans.’’
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