73 Percent of Miamians Do Not Support Dolphins Stadium Tax Subsidies

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The Miami Dolphins are failing miserably in their efforts to convince the public to fund half of the $400 million proposed upgrades at their stadium. A new poll shows that 73 percent of Miami-Dade resident oppose the idea, with not a single group, not even residents who live near the stadium, supporting the idea. Updated

According to the Miami Herald's Naked Politics, a poll conducted for a private client by a Florida International professor shows that 73 percent of Miamians oppose the plan. It also found that 61 percent say they "strongly" oppose it, while just 12 percent say they merely oppose it. Only 17 percent say they support or strongly support the plan.

Ouch.

"There's not one group of likely voter who supports this idea," Moreno told the paper. "Even in County Commission District 1, where the stadium is, people are overwhelmingly opposed."

Looks like public sentiment over public funds for private sports team's stadiums hasn't changed much since voters recalled former county mayor Carlos Alvarez in part because of his support for the Marlins stadium deal.

Moreno says his poll was conducted with a 1,000-person sample size (especially large for a county wide poll), and targeted likely voters. Of course, there's no note of who was paying for the survey.

"These numbers don't surprise me," County Mayor Carlos Gimenez told the Herald. "The Marlins deal is the elephant in the room. It poisoned any effort like this for any future sports franchise. Before this poll, we didn't even know if we were going to reach an agreement with the Dolphins. Now the path is even tougher."

Update: Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee has responded, and called the results "ginned up": 
"A ginned-up poll paid for by a mystery client that goes out of its way to lead people to a negative position is hardly enough to sway us from our efforts to put this issue in front of voters this spring. We believe in the people of Miami Dade County, and trust that the voters can and will see the differences in our project from prior ones.

"The fact that the Dolphins will pay a majority of the costs, and that the rest will be paid by tourists and patrons of the stadium - and never by residents of Miami Dade - along with creating thousands of jobs and millions in economic activity for the people of our community, are powerful facts than this cynical, politically-motivated poll conveniently ignores.

Though, The Herald claims that questions asked in the poll weren't misleading.

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17 comments
FatHand
FatHand

This column fails to mention that 100% of out-of-touch former 2 Live Crew members turned Miami NT columnists whole-heartedly support giving Miami-Dade tax dollars to billionaire Stephen Ross.

Donald Thompson
Donald Thompson

In the immortal words of Jimmy Johnson, " Oh, puhleeze!" Those voters have mostly been misinformed about the nature of bed tax revenues.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

GUARANDAMNTEE you this will pass. Not saying it should. But this is Miami. Where Old school Chicago style politics rule and county commissioners are the very definition of inept and corrupt

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

Ill make sure of it...bringing the whole family to vote even if i have to drag them out of work

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

No. You know why? "Because no." That's the actual reason.

Keith Lawler
Keith Lawler

They won't listen because no one in Miami votes. What is turnout for local elections? 8% or something.

Ferny Prego
Ferny Prego

The other 27% who support it have no brain cells.

David Anderson
David Anderson

Cut back on all those millions they pay the players.

Joe LaDuca
Joe LaDuca

let's hope for a honest vote this time.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman

Thank you for posting and analyzing these poll results.  I was worried that there were more polls about local matters and you were on the verge of losing your job.

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