Others are hoping that by the time Palmeiro is eligible for consideration, a precedent will have been set by the induction of other players who have thrived in what has become known as the "steroid era."
San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds and Orioles outfielder Sammy Sosa are other players whose names have been linked to steroids that respondents grouped with Palmeiro.
Sosa and Bonds are the only two active players with more home runs than Palmeiro, though neither of them has been caught taking an actual substance, unlike Palmeiro.
"I think in five years you have to evaluate the culture of that time," said Joe Strauss, a reporter for the St. Louis Post- Dispatch who is undecided on Palmeiro. "What are you going to do, exclude everyone you suspect?"
There are others who feel that since it is unclear when Palmeiro started using steroids, it is unfair to punish him for baseball's lax rules regarding performance-enhancing drugs for most of his career.
Palmeiro, according to this point of view, was simply doing what many of his competitors were also doing.
"I blame the rules," said The Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Daugherty, who said that he will vote for Palmeiro on the first ballot without reservation.
"People who instantly knee- jerk react to ban him need to ask themselves how many current Hall of Famers would have made it without amphetamines.
I'm not that self-righteous. I don't think much of the guy for what he did, but I don't take my kid to the Hall of Fame to see saints; I take him to see ballplayers."
Sun staff reporters participated in compiling the survey. Reporters from the Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Newsday, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Newport News (Va.) Daily Press participated in the survey. All are Tribune Publishing newspapers.