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LATEST POLL HAS BALLPARK VOTE NARROWING IN TRIAD REGION
Published May 1, 1998
With less than a week left before voters in the Triad area will decide whether they want to help pay for a new ballpark, "the pro-stadium campaign has tightened the race dramatically," according to David Rice of the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL. A new poll of 438 likely voters found that 50% of voters in Forsyth and Guilford counties oppose a tax on prepared foods and baseball tickets to help pay for a ballpark, while 43% support it. The telephone survey was taken April 28-29 and was conducted for the newspaper by Mason-Dixon Political/Media Research. It has a margin of error of +/- 5%. The numbers show the gap has narrowed since a similar poll last month which showed 61% against the tax and 31% for it. But Rice writes that poll came before the Twins played an exhibition game in the area and prior to radio and TV ads that began to tout baseball. The survey also showed that 22% of those who said they'll vote for the proposal "made up their minds in the past week." Other numbers showed a "sizable gender gap" over the ballpark as 53% of men surveyed favor the tax, while "just" 33% of women support it. In another note, 4% of those who favor the tax do so because they don't want Charlotte to get an MLB team. Ballpark proponents will increase their GOTV efforts this week and new TV ads featuring NASCAR drivers and Triad residents talking about baseball are set to debut (WINSTON- SALEM JOURNAL, 5/1). In related news, a new study by the Univ. of NC-Greensboro shows that an MLB team could be "successful in the region and improve the area's economy and quality of life." But the study said it must include a "fair lease that protects taxpayers." The study assumed an average attendance of 18,000 (NEWS & RECORD, 4/30).