There was a lot of passion around Chris Hansen’s failed attempt to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, but King County residents apparently have gotten over it.
A new Elway Poll found that two thirds of those surveyed either didn’t care (51 percent), had no opinion (4 percent) or were glad (12 percent) that the Kings were staying in Sacramento.
Whether that signals a general lack of interest in the NBA isn’t clear. An Elway Poll a year ago found that just 26 percent of King County voters didn’t care whether the NBA returned to Seattle. In that same poll, 31 percent said they strongly favored bringing the league back to town, about the same proportion that now says they are disappointed about the Kings decision, pollster Stuart Elway noted.
For the poll, Elway interviewed 401 heads of household in King County May 28-30. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.
NBA team owners last month blocked Hansen’s attempt to buy the Kings for a franchise value of $625 million and move the team to Seattle.