Poll: Minnesotans oppose public funding for Vikings stadium but support using gambling money

A poll out today says 61 percent of Minnesotans oppose public financing for a new Vikings stadium, but 62 percent favor building one with expanded gambling revenue.

Public Policy Polling says it interviewed 949 Minnesotans last week about the stadium issue, and that its results have a 3.2 percent margin of error. And they say “other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.”

Pollsters said they did not see the usual partisan divide on this issue, noting that “62% of Republicans, 61% of Democrats, and 59% of independents are opposed to a publicly funded stadium. This issue may come down more to how much people care about football than it does their usual political ideologies.”

Another interesting question:

If the choice was between the Vikings moving to California or Minnesota taxpayers building a
new stadium for them, which would you prefer?

  • Would rather the Vikings moved to California……………..49%
  • Would rather taxpayers built a new stadium for them …. 35%
  • Not sure ………………………………………………………………16%

And:

If the choice was between the Vikings moving to California or a new stadium paid for by expanding gaming operations in Minnesota, which would you prefer?

  • Would rather the Vikings moved to California………………………………………… 25%
  • Would rather a new stadium paid for by expanded gaming operations was built…63%
  • Not sure ………………………………………………………………………. 11%

The pollsters’ advice to Minnesota leaders:

As elected officials deal with the Vikings stadium issue the political realities are that a) voters want to keep the team, b) voters themselves don’t want to pay to keep the team so c) the powers that be need to come up with revenue streams for a new stadium that have a minimal effect on the average voter.

You can also learn about all our free newsletter options.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 12/09/2010 - 05:30 pm.

    How many casinos would that require? Who bears the costs that come with building more casinos, like crime and compulsive gambling?

    Why not tax the tickets, concessions, parking etc. to pay for it?

    And if the Vikings move to California, we’ll eventually cave in and build a new stadium to get another team, but we’ll pay 100%, not just most of the cost. Stadium costs keep rising, while construction and borrowing costs are exceptionally low right now, not to mention unemployment in construction.

  2. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 12/10/2010 - 09:52 am.

    Who paid for this poll? Advice for leaders? No, this is advice for stadium supporters. How can you conclude that Minnesotan’s want to keep the team with only 30% of them say they willing to pay for a stadium instead of watching them to go California? When almost 60% of the people say they’re either willing to say goodbye rather than build a stadium, or don’t seem to care one way or the other, why is this even an issue or our “leaders”? Could it be that the people they want to pay for the stadium have median income of $55,000 a year and the ones who want the stadium are billionaires?

Leave a Reply