WASHINGTON - Only about four in 10 baseball fans are rooting for Barry Bonds to break the career home-run record, and most think he knowingly took steroids, according to a poll showing stark racial divisions in how the San Francisco Giants slugger is viewed.
Still, most fans think Bonds should end up in the Hall of Fame. Entering last night, he had 10 homers this season and 744 lifetime - 11 shy of Hank Aaron's record, one of the most revered in sports.
In the poll by ABC News and ESPN, 37 percent said they were rooting for Bonds to break Aaron's record, while 52 percent said they hoped he falls short and 11 percent had no opinion. Twenty-eight percent of whites and nearly 75 percent of blacks said they were hoping Bonds succeeds.
Nearly three quarters said they thought Bonds knowingly took performance-enhancing drugs, which he has long denied. A little more than a third of blacks - and three-fourths of whites - shared that view.