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POLL SHOWS STADIUM TAX GAINING SUPPORT IN NC TRIAD
Published October 14, 1997
While "stiff opposition" to public financing of a major-league ballpark "persists," 44% of registered voters polled in Guilford and Forsyth, NC, counties now say they would vote for a prepared-foods tax to raise $140M toward stadium construction costs, according to Justin Catanos of the Greensboro NEWS & RECORD. But 48% said they would vote against it and 8% remain undecided. The poll, of 405 voters, was conducted for the NEWS & RECORD by Piedmont Opinion last week and had a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. It "suggests that if the referendum were held today, the outcome would be too close to call." A June survey showed 36% in favor, 58% opposed and 5% undecided. Of those surveyed last week, 31% said the possibility of getting the Twins would make them more likely to support the stadium tax, while 59% said it would have no effect. Also, the tax is "far more popular with African Americans than Caucasians, more popular with men than women and more popular with registered voters under age 35" (NEWS & RECORD, 10/12).