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PUBLIC OPINION NOT ON THE PATS' SIDE IN STADIUM QUEST
Published October 14, 1997
A new poll shows that MA voters "oppose spending tax dollars" to help the Patriots in their "quest to renovate Foxboro Stadium," by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, according to Scot Lehigh of the BOSTON GLOBE. The survey of 530 registered voters, conducted October 4-8, was commissioned by Suffolk Univ.'s Beacon Hill Institute, and conducted by Clark Univ.'s Public Affairs Research Center. It has a margin of error of +/- 4%. The survey noted that the State Legislature "was debating" whether to issue state-backed bonds, which "may cost taxpayers as much as" $80M to help the Patriots renovate Foxboro Stadium. Data showed that 63% of respondents opposed "such a public expense, compared to" 30% who favored it; 7% "were unsure or had no opinion." Patriots VP/Communications Don Lowery dismissed the poll, saying "it failed to provide respondents even basic information on the proposal" that (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/12).