Survey says 63% in region oppose state funds for arena

About 63 percent of Milwaukee-area voters oppose the use of state funds for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. Statewide, 73 percent oppose it, according to a new report from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research.

And 53 percent oppose spending state funds to finance infrastructure development associated with a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks. Sixty percent oppose public arena infrastructure spending statewide.

The Wisconsin Economic Scorecard poll was conducted by the CUIR from June 2 to 5 through random digit dial on landline and mobile phones, and included 569 Wisconsin residents. Milwaukee-area was defined as Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha counties. The margin of error was +/- 4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

Wisconsin residents also indicated in the survey that 76 percent support raising the minimum wage. Respondents’ most common answer regarding the ideal minimum wage was $10, and the median response was $9 per hour. Majority support for a higher minimum wage came from both sides of the political aisle, and from most voters in business-owning households.

About 70 percent of those surveyed said the state minimum wage should be tied to the rate of inflation.

Respondents’ net opinion about the economic performance and overall direction of the state has become more positive, with most change coming from political independents. About 63 percent feel the state is going either somewhat or strongly in the right direction. More independents—52 percent—are somewhat or very satisfied with the pace of job creation in Wisconsin, versus the survey results in March.

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