Civitas Flash Poll: Wilmington Baseball Stadium

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Civitas Flash Poll: Wilmington Baseball Stadium

City Voters Are Not Fans – If They Are Paying

March 7, 2012
CONTACT: Francis De Luca (919) 834-2099

Raleigh, N.C. – A proposal to build a taxpayer-funded baseball stadium in Wilmington is striking out with voters there, according to a new flash poll conducted with media partners WWAY NewsChannel 3 and The Big Talker FM.

Seventy percent of the registered voters responding to the poll opposed a city-financed $40 million ballpark, with only 20 percent supporting the idea. Nine percent were unsure. Opposition crossed the gender gap: 73 percent of the men and 69 percent of the women opposed a city-funded field.

Opposition rose to 86 percent if taxes had to be increased to pay for it. On the other hand, 82 percent of  the respondents said they’d support a stadium built by a private developer.

“Wilmington voters are greeting the notion of a city-funded ball field with a loud and clear ‘You’re out!’,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “The poll suggests that stadium supporters need to find private funding and leave taxpayers’ wallets alone.”

For the poll, 300 Wilmington registered voters were interviewed by SurveyUSA from Feb. 25 through 27, exclusively for the Civitas Institute of Raleigh along with media partners WWAY and “The Big Talker” Radio.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling see

For the full results and crosstabs, click Here.

Questions asked:

There is a proposal to build a $40 million, 6,500 seat baseball stadium in Wilmington. Would you support? Or would you oppose? Building this stadium if it were financed by the city of Wilmington?

Support 20%
Oppose 70%
Not Sure 9%

Would you support? Or would you oppose? Building this stadium if your taxes had to be increased in order to pay for it?

Support 9%
Oppose 86%
Not Sure 5%

Would you support? Or would you oppose? Building this stadium if it were financed by private developers?

Support 81%
Oppose 10%
Not Sure 9%

About the Poll: This poll was conducted by telephone in the voice of a professional announcer. Respondent households were selected at random, using Random Digit Dialed (RDD). All respondents heard the questions asked identically. Where necessary, respondents were weighted using the most recent US Census estimates for age, gender, ethnic origin and region, to align the sample to the population. In theory, one can say with 95% certainty that the results would not vary by more than the stated margin of sampling error, in one direction or the other, had the entire universe of respondents with home telephones been interviewed with complete accuracy. There are other possible sources of error in all surveys that may be more serious than sampling error. These include: the difficulty of interviewing respondents who do not have a home telephone; the refusal by some with home telephones to be interviewed; the order in which questions are asked; the wording of questions; the way and extent to which data are weighted; and the manner in which specialized populations, such as likely voters, are determined. It is difficult to quantify the errors that may result from these and other factors. Research methodology, questionnaire design and fieldwork for this survey were completed by SurveyUSA of Clifton, NJ. This statement conforms to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.


About Francis De Luca

Francis X. De Luca is president of the Civitas Institute. He has a varied background that includes political consulting, owning a small business, working at all levels of government and serving on active and reserve duty for 30 years with the United States Marine Corps, where he retired with the rank of Colonel. He was recalled to active duty after 9/11 and served over 4 years on active duty including deploying as part of Task Force Tarawa for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew combat missions in the first Persian Gulf War. Francis received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida. He is married and has two daughters. His management philosophy for how a policy organization measures its impact is best summarized by a quote from Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win”.
This article was posted in Press Releases by Francis De Luca on March 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM.

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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Ben McCoy
    Ben McCoy Mar 07, 2012 at 16:24

    Thank you to Civitas for conducting this poll and showing us what we knew to be true – that people do not want their government to confiscate even more of the fruits of their labor to build another shiny object that juts in the skyline as a gift to some out of town firm to profit from. Please join the efforts to stop taxpayer funding of the stadium

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    BOB RAINEY Mar 07, 2012 at 22:16


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    Thomas picone
    Thomas picone Mar 07, 2012 at 22:41

    I live in the city and the drainage on my road is horrible and I have had my yard trimmings out front for a month. And the city keeps telling me it’s because of cut backs. How the hell can we afford to build a baseball stadium

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    Glenn Cox
    Glenn Cox Mar 13, 2012 at 9:53

    If this stadium were to be built by the river,and by private developers, it would face one giant problem. If you folks who have been here in the Wilmington area long enough will remember the old sound and light show at the Battleship. Then you will also remember that they issued a can of mosquitoe spray to all who ventured in to the grand stands.Some times you could not hear the show because of the bugs hitting the electric zappers.
    Based on this I see the failure of the stadium before it gets started.
    The Battleship Sound And Light Show was excellent,just in the wrong area.Let us learn from our mistakes,nature will have it’s way.

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