Should We Read Into This?
In Deena Winter’s column today she notes that 2015 Vision has run a survey gathering public opinion on the proposed arena. The survey’s purpose was “to determine how much progress arena promoters have made, and ensure the public understands what’s being proposed”.
Here’s where I wonder if we should read between the lines. The survey results are private. However, more often than not when it comes to surveys like this, good news gets leaked and bad news doesn’t. 2015 Vision isn’t releasing any information at this time. It is difficult for me not to wonder if that suggests that arena backers have their work cut out for them. If the survey shows good news, I would expect the group to say something like “The survey results are private, but we are pleased with where things stand”. Instead we only got the first half of that sentence. Furthermore, Dan Marvin is on the record saying: “I think the vote’s gonna be a challenge. Let’s face it, we’re in a recession right now.” That doesn’t sound good.
In my experience, sentiment seems to run fairly positively toward the arena. Most Lincolnite commenters and nearly all of those who have responded to my questions on Twitter have supported the arena project. But that’s a very biased sample of Lincolnites. It’s a self-selected group that tends to be relatively active in Lincoln and educated in Lincoln-related issues. It’s possible the rest of Lincoln doesn’t view the arena as positively.
What do you think? Should we read into this at all?