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Herald poll: Miami-Dade voters evenly divided over David Beckham's downtown MLS stadium


David Beckham, who was in Miami over the weekend campaigning for a Major League Soccer stadium, may have to make return trips now that a new Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald poll shows Miami-Dade County voters are evenly divided over the proposal.

By 45-43 percent, Miami-Dade voters said they were against the retired English footballer’s idea to build a 20,000-seat stadium on the downtown waterfront, the wide-ranging survey by Bendixen & Amandi International shows. That is essentially a tie, given the poll’s error margin of 4.3 percentage points.

The poll also asked respondents about other sports deals and about the county mayor’s administration.

Young voters are more likely than older ones to favor turning over the city of Miami’s deep-water Florida East Coast Railway boat slip and a portion of Museum Park to Beckham and his investors, with 54 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 backing the site, compared to 60 percent of voters 65 or older who say the opposite.

It’s older voters who are more likely to cast ballots, especially in midterm elections. Miami Beckham United is aiming to put a potential stadium deal before city voters in November’s election.

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ed jenkins

the citizens do not care where this out of state swindler builds this stadium, they simply do not want their money confiscated for his benefit or their land to be given to him at below market prices or rental rates as has been revealed is part the swindler's plan all along.

The citizens believe if this swindler truly was interested in establishing a sports team he would use existing stadiums of which this city has many including the FIU and Dolphins stadium and an even better fit would be the various stadiums used for high school football stadiums which are more than ample to hold the paltry crowds attracted by this primitive game. Americans have invented more advanced games more than a century ago because they were bored with this dull game.

Richard Osborne

Putting a sports stadium- on this beautiful Miami Waterfront? IF a dedicated soccer stadium is really needed- use the location criteria of other stadiums in Miami-Dade, and certainly no more taxpayer funding!
Richard Osborne

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