BHI State of the Household Survey Winter 98

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Poll: Voters want the Red Sox to stay at Fenway


Boston, January 21, 1998 - A new statewide survey shows that Massachusetts voters want the Red Sox to stay at Fenway Park, their current home. Voters were asked, "If the Red Sox were to receive public funds for a stadium, should the funds be used to renovate Fenway Park or build a new stadium?" By an almost three-to-one margin, they favor Fenway.

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of those surveyed preferred using any public funds to renovate Fenway Park rather than build a new stadium. Twenty percent (20%) preferred a new stadium. Twenty-one percent (21%) offered no opinion.

Commenting yesterday on the plans to renovate Fenway, Mayor Menino described the Red Sox as "an asset to the city." According to the Mayor, "The city stands ready and willing and able to help out when they present their plans."

David Tuerck, executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, said, "This poll indicates strong voter support for Fenway, especially if the city or state does help out." He added, "There are currently no explicit plans to apply public funds either to renovating Fenway or to building a new stadium. However, experience teaches us to expect calls for public funding of 'infrastructure' improvements. The poll shows voters want their money to be spent on fixing Fenway."

The poll showed that persons in all age groups, educational levels and income levels overwhelmingly like Fenway Park (see attached demographic breakdown).

The survey of 400 Massachusetts registered voters was conducted January 11-13, 1998 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percent.

The Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston applies state- of-the-art economic methods to the analysis of current public policy issues.




Question: If the Red Sox were to receive public funds for a stadium, should the funds be used to renovate Fenway Park, their present stadium, or build a new stadium?

  RENOVATE
NEW STADIUM DON'T KNOW
TOTAL
ALL RESP 58% 20% 21% 400
ANCESTRY        
African-American 76 6 18 11
Asian-American 29 0 71 2
Hispanic 58 12 30 8
Euro-American 61 20 19 306
else 45 28 28 64
don't know 63 5 32 9
AGE        
18-24 88 13 0 38
25-34 46 37 16 63
35-44 65 21 14 87
45-54 62 22 16 75
55-64 46 19 35 51
65 & over 48 12 40 78
refused 75 0 25 8
YEARS SCHOOL        
Less than High School 54 24 22 17
High School 55 26 19 97
Associates Degree 63 17 21 27
Some College 62 16 22 96
College Grad 60 17 22 102
Post Grad 54 25 22 58
Refused 0 0 100 1
FAMILY INCOME        
Less than $15k 67 8 25 36
$15-$30 57 29 14 47
$30-$50 K 62 17 20 113
$50-$75K 64 19 18 67
$75-$100K 47 32 20 41
over $100K 56 29 15 31
don't know 65 9 26 11

This survey was conducted for the Beacon Hill Institute under the supervision of Dr. John Blydenburgh and with the assistance of Commonwealth Consulting. The survey of 400 Massachusetts residents has a margin of error of 4%. Due to rounding, numbers may not add up to 100.

Posted: 1/21/98
Format revised on 02-Jul-2003 2:43 PM
Email: fconte@beaconhill.org

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