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POLL SHOWS LITTLE SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC AID TO PATRIOTS
Published February 8, 1995
MA residents want the Patriots to stay in the state, "but they are firmly opposed to spending public dollars to upgrade Foxboro Stadium or to build the team a Boston megaplex home," according to a poll in this morning's BOSTON GLOBE. The poll, conducted by KRC Communications for the BOSTON GLOBE from February 5-6, surveyed 400 MA residents on the issue of public assistance in the wake of comments by Patriots Owner Bob Kraft that he was promised financial aid by the state when he bought the team. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 5%. Pollster Gerry Chervinsky: "The majority says 'build a convention center but don't send state money on a football facility'" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/8). QUESTION: Should the state pay to make improvements to Foxboro Stadium? 68% No, 20% Yes. QUESTION: Should the state pay to make improvements to roads near Foxboro Stadium? 57% Yes, 34% No. QUESTION: Should the state pay to construct a convention center/stadium megaplex, or should the state construct a convention center and let the Patriots pay for a new stadium if they want one, or should the state spend no money on any kind of facility like this?
|Convention Center only||
|Just making threats||
|He means it||
QUESTION: How important is it to the image of Massachusetts to have a pro football team?
|Not important at all||
ON THE OWNER: 59% called Kraft a "savvy businessman who purchased a valuable NFL franchise and should not expect state help." Only 23% said Kraft was a "civic-minded leader who deserved state aid for keeping the team here when there were fears the Patriots would move" (Scot Lehigh, BOSTON GLOBE, 2/8).