MN Building Trades Mislead Minneapolis City Council with Misleading Push Poll Results #wilfare

Back on March 12th, I wrote up a post about my experience with a misleading push poll from the MN Building Trades regarding supporting corporate welfare for Zygi Wilf and Vikings season ticket holders.

The poll made factually incorrect statements about the terms in the current stadium bill, including claiming that Zygi Wilf would be paying for the majority of the stadium’s costs. They then asked whether I think politicians should support Dayton’s plan. But, why would I do that when the current unnecessary Vikings stadium replacement plan is bad for the public (as the public overwhelmingly understands, with 68% of Minnesotans opposing any public funding for a new Vikings stadium).

Now we find out that the results of this misleading poll were presented to Minneapolis City Council Members Kevin Reich and Sandy Colvin Roy. A misleading poll was used to mislead the Minneapolis City Council.

The union-backed polling shown to the council members showed support for a stadium deal “in the high 60s” in terms of percentages among residents in Ward 1 and Ward 12. Those wards are represented, respectively, by Kevin Reich and Sandy Colvin Roy, on either end of the city’s eastern border.

Even more pathetically, the MN Building Trades won’t release the results of their poll to the press:

Several union activists approached by MPR News declined to release the numbers or polling data.

I wonder if that’s because the poll questions were ridiculous. The methodology even worse. Thus, the results are totally bogus. Were the poll legitimate, the MN Building Trades would want MPR to see the results and report on them far and wide. But, it sounds like the MN Building Trades are not willing to let their misleading push poll face the scrutiny of journalists, which tells you everything you need to know about their poll.

2 thoughts on “MN Building Trades Mislead Minneapolis City Council with Misleading Push Poll Results #wilfare”

  1. @Ed It is certainly possible that, as you say, the building trades poll is bogus. It is also possible that the 68% you keep quoting is equally bogus. Do the facts really matter when one already has made up their mind about the conclusion they really want?

    I doubt that anyone would expect the trade unions to be objective about this subject—this is all about jobs for them.

    Why bother to take it seriously?

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