More than 60 percent of the 1,000 Minnesotans polled support Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's plan to build a new stadium used by the Vikings on the current Metrodome site.
The results of the poll, conducted by the national polling firm Mason-Dixon, were released Friday morning by Home Field Advantage, a group of Minneapolis business leaders.
According to the poll, 61 percent of Minnesotans support the plan, 30 percent oppose it and nine percent are undecided. The margin for error on the poll was plus-minus 3.2 percent. Of those polled, 73 percent said they followed the stadium issue "very closely" or "somewhat closely."
The poll was based on four premises presented to respondents: 1) The Vikings would contribute more than 50 percent of the construction and operating costs; 2) The majority of the public contribution wouldn't come from general-fund dollars; 3) The City of Minneapolis contribution would use existing hospitality taxes and no new taxes; 4) The public would own the stadium and have it available for use at least 300 days a year. Based on that criteria, which is part of the current plan, the majority of those polled supported a stadium project.
The poll also asked how important it was that the Vikings stay in Minnesota, and 71.5 percent said it was "very important" or "somewhat important."
Of those polled, 60 percent were from the Twin Cities metro area and 40 percent were outstate, 51 percent were female, 57 percent were age 50 or older, 33 percent were Democrats, 26 percent were Republicans and 41 percent identified themselves as Independents.
With the results presented, Home Field Advantage called for the Minneapolis City Council to support the stadium plan that has the backing of Dayton, Rep. Morrie Lanning, Sen. Julie Rosen and Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak.
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