The Chargers’ plan to build a stadium and convention center annex in downtown San Diego has the support of 39 percent of likely voters in the November election, according to poll results released Friday.
The sampling of 678 likely voters by SurveyUSA for 10News and the San Diego Union-Tribune found 36 percent in opposition, with 25 percent undecided.
The issue, which is going before voters this fall as Measure C, would raise hotel room taxes by effectively four percentage points to 16.5 percent. Because of the nature of the tax hike, the proposition probably needs two- thirds approval to pass, but there’s a slim chance that a court case in an unrelated matter could change that to a simple majority.
In a similar poll last month, SurveyUSA determined that 30 percent favored the Chargers’ plans and 40 percent were opposed.
The most recent sampling, which took place by phone between Wednesday and today, found that 46 of men favored Measure C while 43 percent of women opposed it.
The stadium received majority support from adults aged 18-34 and Republicans. The biggest opponents were seniors aged 65 and up.
SurveyUSA also found that 29 percent favored Measure D, while 27 percent were opposed and a plurality — 44 percent — were uncertain. The measure would raise the hotel room tax to 15.5 percent, prohibit an expansion of the San Diego Convention Center and encourage conversion of the Qualcomm Stadium property to education and recreational uses should the Chargers vacate the facility.
Measure D supporters contend their initiative only needs to surpass 50 percent to be adopted. The San Diego City Attorney’s Office opined that it requires two-thirds.
–City News Service
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