Jeter, the Yankees’ all-time hit leader, was ranked as the favorite athlete by 25% of state voters, according to Siena.
New York Giants quaterback Eli Manning was a distant second at 3%, Siena reported.
Twenty-eight percent ranked the Yankees as their favorite sports team, far ahead of the second place Giants at 10%.
Among baseball teams, 83% said the Yankees were New York’s team, compared to 12% who listed the Mets.
With the playoffs beginning this week, the Yankees are viewed as likely World Series winners by 79% of New Yorkers and the Philadelphia Phillies are seen as the team with the best chance of knocking them off, the poll found.
"Most New Yorkers think it likely that (the Yankees) will win another ring," Levy said.
The poll also found that 64% of voters considered themselves sports fans and 57% favored a constitutional amendment to legalize non-Indian casinos.
Seventy-eight percent of state voters believe legalized gambling will create thousands of jobs and 71% believe it will bring significant new revenues for state and local governments, according to the poll.