PUBLIC OPINION NOT ON THE PATS' SIDE IN STADIUM QUEST
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).