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POLL SHOWS LITTLE SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC AID TO PATRIOTS

     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/Stadium
33%
No facility
31%
Convention Center only
28%
QUESTION: Patriots Owner Bob Kraft says he may have to move the team unless the state provides funds for stadium improvements. Do you think he means it, or is he just making threats to get state help?
Just making threats
53%
He means it
28%

QUESTION: How important is it to the image of Massachusetts to have a pro football team?
Very important
37%
Somewhat important
38%
Not important at all
24%

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).
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