One in five Americans believe that pitching great Roger Clemens should be banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he was acquitted this week of charges that he lied to Congress about using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that despite his impressive pitching record, 20 percent of American Adults believe Clemens should be banned from the Hall of Fame. Forty-nine percent don’t think Clemens should be banned from Cooperstown, but another 31 percent are undecided.
Among Americans who watch baseball at least once a week, just 16 percent believe Clemens should be banned from the Hall.
By comparison, 26 percent of adults in 2007 said slugger Barry Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, while 44 percent disagreed. Among baseball fans, 37 percent said Bonds should be in the Hall of Fame. Bonds, who holds the Major League all-time home run record, was convicted last year of obstructing justice for lying about his steroid use but faced minimal punishment.
In March, 32 percent of baseball fans say players who took steroids should be allowed in the Hall of Fame, while most (59 percent) said they should be banned.
Twenty-four percent of all Americans believe Clemens is guilty of taking drugs to improve his athletic performance, but 29 percent disagree. Nearly half (47 percent) are not sure.
The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 20-21, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.