Pro-Vikings stadium group releases pro-stadium poll, sparking Twitter controversy

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Do Minnesotans really support a new Vikings stadium? Depends how you ask the question.
Today, a pro-stadium group named Home Field Advantage released an opinion poll showing that 61 percent of Minnesotans support construction of a new Vikings stadium at the Metrodome site.

72 percent of 1,000 Minnesotans polled say the new stadium is "somewhat or very important" to keeping the Vikings in Minnesota. 30 percent were opposed and nine percent were undecided.

Though the poll was conducted by national polling firm Mason-Dixon, it immediately sparked an interesting Twitter debate pitting those who believe the results have merit versus those who believe it was a "push poll."

Here's how it began: Moments later, in response to a tweet from Fox 9's Jeff Goldberg, MinnPost's David Brauer questioned the poll's merits: Here's how Mason-Dixon actually worded the question:
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At this point, the only meaningful poll is one looking at the opinions of the Minneapolis City Council and state legislature.
QUESTION: Let's assume a new Vikings stadium proposal at the existing Metrodome site included the following four requirements:

-- The Vikings would fund over 50% of the stadium's construction and operating costs over the life of their lease.

-- A majority of the public construction would come from gambling dollars, with no new tax increases or use of general-revenue funds.

--The City of Minneapolis contribution would use existing city hospitality taxes and would not raise any new taxes.

-- Even though the Vikings would fund over 50% of the overall costs, the public would own the new stadium and it would be available for various public uses for at least 300 days out of the year.

Based on that information, would you support or oppose a stadium financing proposal that used gambling and existing revenues along with a major contribution by the Vikings?
Brauer, specifically, took issue with the fact Mason-Dixon's question didn't mention that the state's general fund will be used as a funding source if proceeds from electronic pull-tabs don't meet projections. The question also omitted to mention that the Minneapolis hospitality tax would be repurposed to fund the stadium for the next 30 years.

In response, Fox 9's Seth Kaplan suggested it's impossible to word a poll question in a way that doesn't omit any relevant details: Kaplan later tweeted: "It would be impossible to poll the public on many issues, if you went into the intricacies of every proposal."

Brauer, however, stuck to his guns: Brauer and Kaplan might have to agree to disagree, but perhaps they'd both nod their heads in response to a point made later by City Pages editor Kevin Hoffman: However you look at it, the fact of the matter is Mason-Dixon didn't poll the two sets of Minnesotans who will ultimately decide whether the Vikings get a new stadium this legislative session or not: the Minneapolis City Council and state legislature.
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11 comments
Dan Schned
Dan Schned

Kevin Hoffman is wrong. Twitter debates are stupid. AND A news article about a debate on Twitter is easily the least informative and most boring article I've read all year. This is make-news. Great job Mr. Rupar, the "Journalist."

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

This the Governor's baby. Ted Mondale and Gov. Mark Dayton's have become stadium czars.  Look at the manipulation they used when lobbying the legislature and pushing the stadium plan back into Minneapolis from Arden Hills. The few GOP that are in support of this bill are going against the party platform.It platform states - Programs, such as public broadcasting, sports stadiums, and the arts, should be funded by its users and voluntary donors, and not subsidized by the use of taxpayer money. Similarly, specific projects should not be funded through the use of ‘earmarks’ in appropriations and other bills.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Yes, lets have us poor people buy a billionaire a stadium, so millionaires have a place to play. You jock sniffers make me sick...

Minneapolis
Minneapolis

No stadium.  Say no to extortionist babies.

Stephansonprop
Stephansonprop

I read the Trib. story which was good but the headline was misleading. The headline should have been 75% stiil do not want public funding. And I agree with many posts, these survey's are BS.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

What kind of reporting do you expect from our local media?  Sports are big business to them, and teams like the Vikings sell papers.  I find it interesting that anyone would find a story coming from the Star and Sickle as "good".  There bias is deep, and it usually slants towards favoring government.

Most Ridiculous
Most Ridiculous

How do you get 111% of something? Build it already, did we learn nothing from the North Stars.

amiller92
amiller92

Huh?  61% for.  30% against.  9% undecided.  61+30+9=100.

JonnyBeGood
JonnyBeGood

 = makes no sense = no new stadium!!

Mn Votur
Mn Votur

Yeah tell us, because there actually is nothing to learn from that and we've wasted millions already building every interest group their own stadium. 

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