Poll: majority think new Falcons stadium not necessary

A majority of voters oppose the proposed public-private partnership to build a new $1.2 billion stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, a new survey commissioned by Atlanta CBS affiliate WSB shows.

A vast majority, at 66 percent, believe the franchise’s existing venue, the Georgia Dome, while only 21 percent think it’s time for new digs.

A slightly diminished majority also opposed the funding plan in which taxpayers would be responsible for one-third, some $300 million, of the project’s cost.

Even though a majority of funding would be sourced from the private sector, an even 60 percent of Atlantans did not support the plan. Just 29 percent approved.

WSB did not make the survey’s crosstabs public, but said the new stadium’s unpopularity cut through all demographics — age, racial and gender.

- James Richardson

November 27, 2012