Massive opposition to taxpayer-funded Vikings stadium

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Minnesotans don't want to pay for a new Vikings stadium.
If this morning's Minnesota Poll is accurate, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to help Zygi Wilf pay for a new Vikings stadium.

Would the result have been different if Brad Childress and Brett Favre hadn't guided the team into a ditch last year? We ask, because the poll also showed majority support for public money having been spent on Target Field, where the Twins did not suck in 2010.

The poll results, published by the Star Tribune this morning, were culled from a telephone survey last week, before Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak announced a proposal to help finance a massive retrofitting of the Metrodome.

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The survey found that most Minnesotans think it's important to keep the team in the state, and most said they saw nothing wrong with the Vikings continuing to play in the soon-to-be repaired Metrodome -- something the team's owners say they refuse to do after this season.

Interestingly, the poll also shows that more Republicans than Democrats favor spending public money on the new stadium.

Either way, at least the poll breaks through the press coverage of the stadium debate these past few weeks, in which the sentiments of actual taxpayers have taken a back seat to stadium boosters and the bidding war over where the stadium might eventually be situated.

But even this morning's Star Tribune relegated its own poll story to below the fold on newsstands, while playing up the bright, shiny object:

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Previously: Minneapolis releases funding plan for new Vikings stadium

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Harmon
Harmon

70 percent opposed the Twins stadium tax too but four brave Hennepin County commissioners took away the people's right to vote and shoved the tax up the taxpayer's butt. 

Since they are still in office, it is obvious to the politicians the voters do not hold them responsible.  In otherwords, bend over.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

At a time when the state is in extreme financial hardship, is appears that more women in comparison to men, have their heads screwed on straight when looking at spending.

I guess I don't understand why the NFL doesn't kick in 100's of millions of dollars as an investment into their own franchise. In the end, they are the one's who will benefit the most. The NFL had League Revenues of 7.8. Bil. US$. in 2010. Overall Operating Income was 1.034 billion. Simply investing 10%, or 780 million by the NFL, would get this done.

Gas2Hi toGoanyway
Gas2Hi toGoanyway

Or do like the Green Bay Packers and whose team is paying for their upgrade without taxpayer involvement!

Dania_park
Dania_park

CORRECTION: THE COUNTY THAT GREEN BAY IS LOCATED DOES HAVE A COUNTY TAX THAT PAID FOR THE LAMBEAU FIELD RENOVATION. THE TAX WAS PASSED BY COUNTY VOTERS BY A VERY CLOSE MARGIN.

NoTax Me
NoTax Me

Stand corrected. The county voted and is paying - not the state. They also have a seat user fee. Don't tax me for this corporation's greed. Another big business. Let them work with the county they are going to build it in. Re-build the dome with the billion the greedy players and owners are fighting over. DONT tax me I'm Taxed Enough Already.

AdamK
AdamK

Enough with the city sales taxes. Seriously. Even if the local economy benefited from the stadium, which is questionable, that does not mean I should have to pay an extra tax on dish-soap, nor should it mean if I buy a hamburger on the other side of town it should cost me more. Make it state wide or nothing -- if people outside of Minneapolis want the stadium so badly they can pay for it.

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