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CAN MINNESOTA WIN LEGISLATION ON A NEW BALLPARK?
Published September 30, 1997
Pro-stadium group Minnesota Wins said that a new poll it commissioned shows that the stadium issue "could swing some legislative races" in '98 if legislators reject a gambling-linked ballpark finance package and the Twins move, according to Jay Weiner of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The 607-person poll conducted by MN-based Decision Resources Ltd. of Minneapolis, found that "up to" 14% of state voters "would punish their legislators for voting against a ballpark package if gambling were the funding sources and the Twins fled." The poll also shows 7% of voters would "reward" legislators for such a vote. Political consultant John Himle said that net swing of 7% "could affect tight races in the" '98 House elections. State Sen. John Hottinger called the poll "highly suspect" since it was paid for by Minnesota Wins "at a cost of about $10,000." Weiner adds the poll "reflects ambivalence among Minnesotans." Asked first if they would support a new stadium, 59% said no. But later, asked if they would support a ballpark if there were no "new taxes and no state general revenues used," 73% said yes (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/30).