Monday, January 11, 2010

Union leader: public opposition to new convention center consistent with membership's views

Mark Naccarato, political and communications coordinator of SEIU Local 205, responded to the WSMV poll showing strong opposition to Music City Center:
The results of the Channel 4 poll are consistent with the results of an automated poll we did of our union's members who work for Metro Nashville, though our poll found that city workers were much more against the project than the general population. The WSMV findings are also consistent with a poll that Nashville's Priorities did as well. The supporters of the Music City Center can no longer claim that these are push polls or aberrations. There is a steady pattern here and, if anything, opposition is growing to the project as more and more people learn about it.

We think that the most fascinating numbers are those who say that they would be less likely to vote to re-elect a council member who voted for the MCC. While this is certainly the sentiment we've been hearing at the community meetings over the last month or so, it is still shocking to see such a wide cross section of the public willing to punish their representatives for voting for the $1 billion project ... The elected representatives need to know that the public is against this.

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