Major League Baseball’s decision to move this year’s All-Star game out of Atlanta in response to Georgia’s new voting rules draws both positive and negative reactions from Americans.
In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, conducted just after the announcement of the change in venue (MLB later announced the All-Star game would be played in Denver), the move has become politicized – as has the response to much of what Georgia has legislated.
The question about the All-Star change of venue was put to those aware of the decision by MLB, about 70% of all adults. Democrats overwhelmingly approve of the move (81% vs 10%); Republicans, also overwhelmingly, do not (13% vs 78%).
Black Americans support the move (66% vs 14%), while white Americans tend to be negative about it (43% vs 48%), though the gap is narrow. More women (50% vs 34%) are more favorable than men (46% vs 47%) about the move.
In the South and Midwest, opinion is divided, while those in the Northeast and West overwhelmingly favor the change. Most white Southerners object to the move, by 56% to 34%.
Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 US Adult Citizens interviewed online between April 3 - 6, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 2.8% for the overall sample