Only one-third of all respondents to a Mint-instaVaani poll said they watch matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), in an indication that controversies have tarnished the image of the Twenty20 tournament that is into its ninth edition this year.

But the sentiment does not extend to all forms of the game as a majority of respondents said they don’t think all cricket matches are fixed.

A total of 501 respondents across major metros were polled to assess their view about IPL and the controversies surrounding it.

In response to a specific query, only 36% (182 of 501 respondents) said they watch the ongoing IPL tournament. While the respondents were divided when asked if they thought all IPL matches are fixed, 23% (44 of 190 respondents) blamed the controversies surrounding the tournament for the current edition’s lower TV ratings. A healthy 62% (200 of 323 respondents), however, said they did not believe all cricket matches are fixed.

Interestingly, a viewer’s opinion on whether IPL is fixed or not doesn’t affect viewership.

The survey shows that while 40% (51 out of 128 respondents) of viewers who believe IPL is fixed still watch it, the viewership among those who don’t think IPL is fixed is 36% (45 of 124 respondents). In statistical terms, however, the difference is very marginal.