Monday, February 26, 2007

Poll: Oak Ridge Residents OPPOSE Corp Welfare


OAK RIDGE — The majority of Oak Ridge residents surveyed are against the city providing $10.5 million for site preparations for a new shopping center.

That’s the key bottom-line figure in a city-funded survey to gauge sentiment on a proposal to help a Brentwood developer prepare the Pine Ridge site for a "power center" anchored by a SuperTarget.

"It’s going to be a tough sell to the community," said University of Tennessee political science professor John M. Scheb. "It’s pretty clear there’s a lot of opposition to it."

Scheb was paid $5,000 by the city to conduct a poll of residents, and 405 citizens responded to the 11-question phone survey, conducted Feb. 12-17.

The survey shows that 61 percent of the respondents don’t think the city should spend the money, and only 17 percent are in favor of it.