The annual survey of Boston sports fans, conducted by Channel Media and Market Research, has been released and among its interesting responses is a drop in the faith that Patriots fans have in their coach and ownership and a rise in the popularity of the Celtics.
The Patriots are again Boston’s most popular team, according to the survey of more than 16,000 Boston sports fans. And for the first time in the seven-year history of the survey, the Celtics surpassed the Bruins for the No. 3 spot.
And in response to the question of which owner, general manager, coach or manager have done the best jobs this year, the Patriots still lead the way, but after a Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and an offseason of controversy, that lead is shrinking.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft again got the highest marks, but with a drop of 31 percent (44 in 2018, compared to 75 in 2017).
And Bill Belichick’s Patriots leadership took a tumble. Belichick the GM was still No. 1, but his approval ratings dropped from last year to this year, including a drop from 77 percent to 42 percent in “Leadership Performance”:
Belichick the coach dropped from 75 percent to 45 percent in the “Most Admired” response:
The Red Sox’ historic start to 2018 (winning 88 of their first 126 games) has moved them to the top of the “Team Most Likely to Win a Championship” question:
There’s plenty more to chew on in the annual survey (everything from questions on the Malcolm Butler decision to which player on a non-Boston team do you wish played here). It was conducted from Aug. 9-20 with 43 percent of the more than 16,000 respondents from Massachusetts, 26 percent from New Hampshire, 10 from Rhode Island, 9 from Connecticut, 8 from Maine and 4 percent from Vermont. Most of the respondents (35 percent) were between 25-34 years old, with 25 percent 35-44 and 17 percent 45-54. Three-quarters of the respondents were male.