PPP Polling has an interesting study from Minnesota out:
Voters in Minnesota would rather lose the Vikings to California than have a tax increase to help build the team a new stadium. They're perfectly fine though with helping to fund a new facility through expanded gaming operations in the state.
It's not new news that voters in Minnesota don't want to pay to build the team a new stadium. 61% of voters in the state are opposed to doing so with only 28% in favor and 11% unsure. Even if you raise the stakes and ask voters whether they'd be willing to lose the team to avoid paying to build a new stadium support for a publicly funded facility rises to only 35% with 49% saying they'd rather the team moved out west and 16% unsure.
If the controversial sales tax to build Miller Park weren't enough proof that Sconnies are willing to pay taxes for sports, the community ownership of the Packers says it all.
The Packers are set up so that there is no financial incentive to move the team (all proceeds of any sale would go to charity), but even if there were, can you imagine the statewide outrage at a proposed move?
How much would the average Wisconsinite pay in extra taxes to keep the Packers in Green Bay?