SEATTLE – A new KING5/Survey USA poll suggests there is a small advantage for Seattle mayoral candidates who support the construction of a new sports arena.
The poll surveyed registered voters between March 4th and March 7th, and found that in a competitive race the arena issue resonated with people.
In the survey, 647 registered voters were asked, "If a candidate supports building a basketball arena for an NBA team in Seattle, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate?"
Thirty-three percent of respondents said they would be “more likely” to vote for a pro-arena candidate. Twenty-eight percent said less likely, 36 percent said it made no difference, and 2 percent said they were not sure.
The voters were also asked, "If a candidate opposes building a basketball arena for an NBA team in Seattle, would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate?"
In response, 25 percent said more likely, 36 percent said less likely, and 37 percent said it made no difference. Two percent of respondents were not sure.
The margin of error for both questions is 3.9 percent.
The arena issue has generated strong opinion from several of the candidates. Mayor Mike McGinn presented the arena legislation to the city council last year. Coucilman Tim Burgess oversaw the legislation in his Government Performance and Finance committee, and ultimately approved it. Coucilman Bruce Harrell, a former UW football player, has also been a big proponent of Chris Hansen’s arena proposal and voted for it.
Former Seattle City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, who is also running, has lobbied against the proposal. On Tuesday, he spoke at a press conference, along with ILWU attorneys who want to stop the project.