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Arizona Diamondbacks: May Confidence Poll

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We now have actual games! We won some! But we lost others! How has that affected fan confidence?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When we last asked, the Arizona Diamondbacks were coming off the most successful spring campaign in team history, with an apparently unstoppable offense. But we had also just lost All-Star outfielder A.J. Pollock for an extended period, after he fractured his elbow. However, it seems that this hadn't dampened enthusiasm for the upcoming season too much. Here are the confidence poll results for March:

  • 1% - 1 (not confident in the slightest)
  • 3% - 2
  • 0% - 3
  • 2% - 4
  • 5% - 5
  • 13% - 6
  • 36% - 7
  • 25% - 8
  • 15% - 9 (very, very, VERY confident)

Adding these all up, this means the confidence factor at the beginning of the season is 7.07. This is a season high, and up from the March figure of 6.83. Here's how the year has unfolded thus far:

This increase is largely driven by a greater number of "very confident" fans, in the eight and nine groups. This went up from 26% in March to 40% in April. These appear mostly to have migrated from the middle of the range, with the votes for five, six and seven each dropping. There do still appear to be a hardcore of die-hard pessimists - or, equally possible, non-fans trying to screw with the poll! Those voting in the 1-4 range has remained almost constant, in the 5-6% range, every month thus far. Here's the breakdown by actual votes, for those who like a visual representation:

We now turn to what may be an acid test of fan sentiment, or at least a Rorschach test. With 26 games gone, the D-backs are still very much in the hunt for the division. However, there have been obvious problems, which really don't need rehashing yet again. So, is the glass of confidence half-full or half-empty? This will be a very interesting set of results, so vote away, and tell is the comments the reason for your choice.