Generational gap on LaRoche's son in White Sox clubhouse

March 22, 2016, 3:19 PM GMT+0

People tend to like it when their colleagues bring their kids to work, but young and old Americans differ on whether Adam LaRoche or the White Sox management are right

The Chicago White Sox saw an abrupt change in last week after former designated hitter Adam LaRoche resigned in the middle of a two year contract. After initial confusion it became clear that LaRoche resigned because the White Sox management had said that he could not bring his son to the clubhouse virtually every day in the 2016 season, as he had done in 2015. White Sox management said that he could still visit occasionally, but that the continuous presence of a child was bad for the clubhouse and team.

Research from YouGov shows that, in principle, Americans tend to like it if their colleagues bring their kids to work. 43% like it while only 28% dislike it. Nearly half of Americans (47%) say that they were brought to work when they were a child, but this is much more common among under-30s (62%) than over-65s (30%).

When it comes to the specific dispute between Adam LaRoche and the White Sox, however, opinion is more split. 32% say that LaRoche was more in the right, while 39% say management were. This varies hugely by age, however, as most under-30s (51%) say that LaRoche was right, while most over-65s (56%) say that management was right in banning his child from coming to the clubhouse most days.

Full poll results can be found here and topline results and margin of error here.