When asked about Buckhorn's handling of the Rays’ dilemma, 45% of Tampa voters approved of his approach, while 21% disapproved. As for his overall approval numbers, Buckhorn posted a strong 58%/18% favorable/unfavorable mark.
Meanwhile, among respondants, only 43% of voters in Tampa said they approved of tax dollars going toward a new stadium. Forty-five percent of Tampa voters said they disapprove.
Of course, don't read too far into those numbers, because:
- Many of those who oppose tax dollars going toward a new stadium may soften their opposition if the question was changed to whether they approve of tourists' tax dollars going toward a stadium;
- And, as SaintPetersblog speculated, there's a good chance voters who actually approve of tax dollars going toward a stadium may change their mind when they see just how many dollars we're talking.