New York voters oppose Hochul donating $850 million to Buffalo Bills Stadium

A majority of likely voters oppose New York spending $850 million in tax subsidies to fund construction of a new Buffalo Bills stadium, a new survey disclosed.

The poll, conducted by firm Co/Efficiency for Big Dog Strategies, found 55% of likely voters disapproved of the stadium deal, while just 22% supported the plan announced by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday, with nearly a quarter undecided.

That means more than two-thirds of voters with an opinion oppose funding for the team’s Florida-based owners Terry and Kim Pegula — $600 million from the state and $250 million — to the new Bills Stadium Erie County US Dollars.

The poll found voters in every area of ​​the state opposed to the stadium deal except for the Buffalo region.

Voters were asked, “Governor Hochul announced an agreement to invest $850 million in taxpayer money into a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills, where the team agrees to stay in Buffalo for 30 years. Do you agree or disagree with spending $850 million on this deal?”

Depiction of the proposed renovations at Buffalo Bills Highmark Stadium.
A rendering shows the proposed stadium.

In New York City, 57% of voters said they opposed the stadium subsidy deal, while only 19% agreed and the rest were undecided.

Meanwhile, 67% of voters in the Syracuse area oppose the deal, as do 61% in the Albany area and 54% in the Rochester area.

Conversely, the Bills’ fan base recorded strong support – 58% of voters expressed support, while 31% disapproved.

The findings pose a potential political problem for Democrat Hochul, the former lieutenant governor who is trying to retain the governor’s chair after replacing former governor Andrew Cuomo, who resigned under threat of impeachment after a state probe into the concluded that he was sexually harassed or abused a lot of women.

Governor Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul claims the Buffalo Bills deal will create 10,000 union jobs.
Darren McGee / Office of the Governor

More than twice as many Democrats opposed the stadium deal — 50% — as the 24% who supported it.

68 percent of Republican voters oppose the deal, as do 51 percent of self-proclaimed independents.

“The deal is unpopular across the country. That’s going to be a real problem for Hochul,” said Chris Grant of Big Dog Strategies, a firm that works for Republican candidates.

Congressman Lee Zeldin
Rep. Lee Zeldin has spoken out against Hochul’s call-up at Buffalo Bills Stadium.
John Minchillo/AP

Grant said Hochul is being hammered by the progressive left and Republican right, including presumptive GOP gubernatorial nominee Lee Zeldin, over stadium funding.

The poll polled 830 likely voters Monday through Wednesday via landline phones and cell phone text messages and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points. New York voters oppose Hochul donating $850 million to Buffalo Bills Stadium


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