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ML’Bs Ratings Plummet With Republicans After Withdrawing From Georgia

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Major League Baseball’s favorability among Republicans has taken a hit since its decision earlier this month to move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s controversial voting law, according to a Morning Consult poll published Tuesday. 

The survey found that at the end of last week, the MLB had a net favorability of just 12 percentage points, a sharp 35-point decrease from mid-March. 

Alternatively, the MLB has a 41 percentage point favorability among Democrats, and a 26 percent favorability rate among independents.

The Morning Consult poll, conducted among 1,121 U.S. adults April 5-11, comes after the MLB held the highest net favorability among Republicans of the four major sports leagues, including the NBA, NFL and NHL. 

The poll’s net favorability was calculated by taking the difference between the number of respondents with a positive opinion of the league and the share with a negative opinion. 

Republicans have slammed the MLB since its decision to relocate the All-Star Game to Denver, with some GOP lawmakers publicly scrutinizing Commissioner Rob Manfred’s membership at Georgia’s exclusive Augusta National Golf Club and threatening to take away MLB’s long-held antitrust exemption.

Former President Trump also suggested that his supporters “boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections,” and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced… (Read more)

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