February 28, 2005 - Florida Voters Oppose 3-1 Tax Money For Sports Spots, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Yankees Beat Red Sox 2 -1 Among Florida Fans
By a 76 - 22 percent margin, Florida voters oppose in general spending tax dollars on sports facilities such as stadiums or indoor arenas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Looking at specific proposals the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN uh-pe-ack) University poll finds:
  • Voters oppose 84 - 13 percent spending up to $60 million to help build a stadium for the Marlins baseball team in Miami. Even Marlins fans oppose it 68 - 29 percent.
  • Voters oppose 85 - 14 percent spending up to $40 million to help renovate an arena for the Orlando Magic basketball team, with Magic fans opposed 75 - 25 percent.
  • Voters oppose 81 - 16 percent spending up to $75 million to help attract a NASCAR museum to Daytona, with NASCAR fans opposed 63 - 35 percent.
"Florida voters just say 'no' to public financing for sports facilities, be it a Marlins stadium, a Magic's basketball arena or the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Public money for a Marlins stadium or a Magic's arena renovation didn't even play well in the regions of the state where they are located," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Forty-seven percent of Florida voters say they are baseball fans, and 23 percent say they plan to attend a Spring Training game in the state. When all baseball fans are asked to name their favorite Spring Training team:
  • 17 percent back the New York Yankees;
  • 13 percent are Florida Marlins fans;
  • 9 percent pick the Boston Red Sox.
  • 8 percent say the Atlanta Braves.
"'Take me out to the ballgame' is the fever in Florida this spring with more than one in five Floridians planning to see at least one Spring Training game before the teams move north. And when it comes to Grapefruit League play in the Sunshine State the Yankees win over the Marlins - and the Red Sox - when it comes to fan popularity," Richards said.

From February 18 - 22, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,007 Florida voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the nation as a public service and for research. For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu and quicklinks

23. In general, do you support or oppose the government spending tax dollars to help build new stadiums for major league baseball teams, new arenas for professional basketball teams, and other sports facilities?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 22% 24% 20% 23% 23% 20% Oppose 76 74 78 75 74 77 DK/NA 2 2 2 2 2 3

North/ PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE

Support 26% 19% 15% 17% 27% Oppose 70 80 80 82 72 DK/NA 3 - 6 1 1

Marlin Magic NASCAR Majors FanQ27 FanQ28 FanQ29 FanQ30

Support 35% 33% 32% 28% Oppose 64 64 67 69 DK/NA 1 2 1 2



24. Do you support or oppose the state government spending up to $60 million to help build a new stadium for the Marlins baseball team in Miami?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 13% 15% 10% 17% 17% 10% Oppose 84 80 87 81 81 87 DK/NA 3 4 3 2 2 3

North/ Marlin PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE FanQ27 Support 12% 10% 9% 14% 19% 29% Oppose 85 88 86 82 79 68 DK/NA 3 2 5 4 1 3



25. Do you support or oppose the state government spending up to $40 million to help renovate the arena for the Orlando Magic basketball team?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 14% 16% 12% 17% 19% 10% Oppose 85 81 88 82 79 89 DK/NA 2 3 1 1 2 1

North/ Magic PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE FanQ28 Support 15% 12% 12% 11% 17% 25% Oppose 84 87 86 83 82 75 DK/NA 1 - 2 6 1 -



26. Do you support or oppose the state government spending up to $75 million to help attract the NASCAR Museum to Daytona?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Support 16% 22% 12% 17% 21% 12% Oppose 81 75 85 82 76 85 DK/NA 3 3 3 1 3 2

North/ NASCAR PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE FanQ29 Support 15% 15% 14% 21% 20% 35% Oppose 82 84 82 77 78 63 DK/NA 3 1 4 2 2 2



27. Do you think of yourself as a Florida Marlins fan, or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 25% 24% 28% 24% 28% 23% No 74 74 71 76 71 76 DK/NA 1 1 1 1 1 1

North/ PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE

Yes 22% 10% 20% 15% 47% No 78 89 79 83 51 DK/NA - 1 1 1 2



28. Do you think of yourself as an Orlando Magic fan, or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 17% 13% 19% 19% 20% 14% No 83 86 80 81 80 85 DK/NA 1 1 - - 1 1

North/ PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE

Yes 15% 14% 30% 10% 10% No 84 85 69 89 90 DK/NA - - 1 1 1



29. Do you think of yourself as a NASCAR fan, or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 27% 34% 21% 28% 33% 23% No 72 66 79 72 67 76 DK/NA 1 1 - - - 1

North/ PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE

Yes 28% 31% 25% 40% 22% No 72 68 74 60 78 DK/NA - 2 1 - -



30. Do you think of yourself as a fan of major league baseball or not?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 47% 53% 43% 47% 55% 39% No 53 47 56 52 44 60 DK/NA - - - 1 - -

North/ PnHnd Bay Cntrl SthW SthE

Yes 46% 41% 46% 50% 52% No 53 59 54 50 48 DK/NA - - - 1 -



31. (If 'fan' q30) Who is your favorite Spring training baseball team in Florida?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q31..
                        Tot     Men     Wom


Atlanta BRAVES 8 8 7 Baltimore ORIOLES 3 4 1 Boston RED SOX 9 9 10 Chicago CUBS 1 1 2 Cincinnati REDS 2 2 1 Cleveland INDIANS 2 2 1 Detroit TIGERS 3 4 3 Florida MARLINS 13 11 15 Houston ASTROS 1 1 1 Los Angeles DODGERS 3 3 3 Minnesota TWINS 2 3 2 New York METS 3 3 4 New York YANKEES 17 19 15 Oakland ATHLETICS 1 1 - Philadelphia PHILLIES 2 1 4 Pittsburgh PIRATES 2 2 2 St. Louis CARDINALS 2 2 1 Tampa Bay DEVIL RAYS 4 6 3 DK/NA 21 18 26



32. (If baseball fan q31)Do you plan to attend any games at a Spring Training camp in Florida this year?

                        BASEBALL FANS Q31..
                        Tot     Men     Wom 


Yes 23% 26% 20% No 76 73 79 DK/NA 1 1 1



33. (If 'yes' q32) How many?
                                            
                        BASEBALL FANS Q31.....
                        PLANNING TO ATTEND Q32
                        Tot     Men     Wom 


1 16% 16% 16% 2 30 28 31 3 17 16 17 4 9 10 8 5 10 12 8 6+ 10 11 9 DK/NA 8 5 10