The Buffalo Bills are more popular statewide than they’ve been in the last eight years, according to a new Siena College poll.
Eight percent of New Yorkers described the Bills as their favorite New York-area sports team, according to poll results released Friday morning. The Bills beat the NBA’s New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, division rival New York Jets, the NHL’s Rangers and Islanders, and the Syracuse Orange.
They also beat the Buffalo Sabres, who were described as the favorite team of 2 percent of respondents statewide.
The teams more popular statewide are the New York Yankees, who were named the favorite of 22 percent of those surveyed, followed by the Mets at 13 percent and the New York Giants at 12 percent. Twelve percent of respondents said they had no favorite, while 2 percent selected “other” and 3 percent said they didn’t know or refused to answer.
In Siena College’s seven surveys on this topic since March 2008, this was the Bills’ highest score. Three years ago, the Bills were the favorite of 5 percent of survey respondents. In April 2012, 6 percent of those surveyed called the Bills their favorite.
The Bills’ lowest score was in March 2008, when they were the favorite of only 4 percent of those surveyed.
The phone survey of 800 residents was conducted March 7 through March 30. Surveyors asked to speak to the youngest male in the households surveyed.