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August 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Anti-arena group: poll shows majority of voters oppose NBA arena

Corrected 4:20:  An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified who had paid for the poll.

A poll commissioned by opponents of a proposed $490 million sports arena in Sodo found 52 percent of Seattle voters oppose plans to use up to $200 million in public bonds to build the arena while 42 percent support the proposal.

The survey of 300 registered voters was conducted this week by DHM Research, a Portland firm. It  had a margin of error of plus or minus 5.7 percent.

Support for the arena dipped to 35 percent when voters were told that the Port of Seattle, legislative transportation leaders and the Seattle Planning Commission have concerns about jobs and transportation if the arena is built.

A poll question about how the bonds would be repaid might have caused some opposition, or at least, confusion. It states the bonds will be paid off “by using taxes related to arena usage,” as opposed to simply saying they will be repaid by activity at the arena and rent paid by the owners. It also doesn’t mention that no new taxes will be imposed or that investor Chris Hansen is proposing to put in $290 million in private funding.

The poll was paid for by a coalition of business and maritime leaders. The Port, Seattle Mariners, the Manufacturing Industrial Council and a number of maritime labor unions have publicly opposed the Sodo location.

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