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FFRP Poll Shows Clear Support for SunRail and DPAC in City of Orlando

May 2nd, 2011

Orlando, FL – Voters in the City of Orlando strongly support SunRail – the commuter line that would run from Sanford to Kissimmee, linking Winter Park, Florida Hospital, Downtown Orlando and Orlando Regional Medical Center – by a huge margin according to the results of a new city-wide poll commissioned by Floridians for Responsible Policy (FFRP). Additionally, a majority of voters in the City of Orlando also support building the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center (DPAC).

The poll, which was conducted April 25 – 28 by Frederick Polls sampled 400 registered voters in the City of Orlando, shows that 76% support SunRail, while only 17% oppose the system and 68% of those polled believe that traffic congestion can’t be solved with more roads and that “commuter rail is needed to help solve the problem.”

Additionally, a majority of voters support building the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando by a margin of 51% who support, 38% oppose and 7% undecided/did not answer. Additional positive factors for DPAC include:

• 74% view the jobs the center will create as “positive”;
• 61% think the construction funding mix of tourist development dollars, CRA funds & private donations is “positive”;
• 65% think the economic development and revenue opportunities the DPAC will create for the City of Orlando is positive;
• 61% view the use of CRA dollars as “positive”;
• The new Orlando Community Construction Corporation (OCCC) is viewed as a positive boost for critical oversight by 58% positive; and
• 56% of voters think it is important to spend the necessary money now and “ensure City of Orlando residents will have a world-class facility that will stand the test of time.”

The poll also asked several issue questions, finding that “jobs and the economy” is the dominant issue to 56% of Orlando voters with no other issue registered as high as 50%, and 42% of residents think the City of Orlando is headed in the “right direction” vs. 27% saying “wrong direction”. According to pollster Keith Frederick, “Orlando voters’ positive views toward their city stand in sharp contrast to current state and national polling showing strong dissatisfaction with government direction at those levels.” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer enjoys a 62% “positive” rating vs. a 30% “negative” rating.

Methodology

• Sample Size: n=400 Likely Voters.
• Margin of Error: Plus or minus 5.0%.
• Interview Method: Telephone.
• Interview Dates: April 25-28, 2011.

Contact: Keith Frederick
FrederickPolls, LLC
(703) 528-3031
Keith@FrederickPolls.com

Registered to Vote/Party ID.

Democrat 187 47%
Republican 139 35%
Independent 74 19%

In general, do you think that the City of Orlando is headed in the right direction
or the wrong direction?

Right direction 167 42%
Mixed 68 17%
Wrong direction 106 27%
DK/Refused 59 15%

Which of the following do you feel is the most important issue or problem facing
the City of Orlando today?

Jobs and the economy 222 56%
Wasteful government spending 71 18%
Crime 50 13%
The need for a thriving downtown 12 3%
High taxes 23 6%
DK/Refused 22 6%

Next, tell me if you have a very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or
very negative opinion of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Very positive 74 19%
Somewhat positive 173 43%
Somewhat negative 76 19%
Very negative 44 11%
DK/Refused 33 8%

Total Positive 247 62%
Total Negative 120 30%

And do you support or oppose the SunRail commuter train system that will run
from Sanford to downtown Orlando with stops in Winter Park, Florida Hospital,
and the Orlando Regional Medical Center?

Support 303 76%
Oppose 68 17%
DK/Refused 29 7%

Do you agree or disagree with this statement: “Traffic congestion in Orlando and
Central Florida can NOT be solved simply by building or widening more roads;
commuter rail is needed to help solve the problem.”

Agree 273 68%
Disagree 100 25%
DK/Refused 27 7%

Do you support or oppose building the new Doctor Phillips Performing Arts Center
in downtown Orlando?

Support 202 51%
Oppose 151 38%
DK/Refused 47 12%

Next I will read you a set of statements about the proposed Doctor Phillips
Performing Arts Center in Downtown Orlando. Tell me if you find each to be a
very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, or negative factor of the project. Here’s
the first one.

Construction of the Performing Arts Center will be paid for using an equal mix of
private donations, money from a tourist tax on hotel rooms, and dedicated economic
development revenue paid by downtown businesses.

Very positive 118 30%
Somewhat positive 125 31%
Neutral 58 15%
Negative 76 19%
Don’t Know 23 6%

Total Positive 243 61%

It will generate thousands of jobs during construction and operation.

Very positive 194 49%
Somewhat positive 101 25%
Neutral 38 10%
Negative 51 13%
Don’t Know 16 4%

Total Positive 295 74%

The new Performing Arts Center will generate new businesses and tax revenue
for the city.

Very positive 147 37%
Somewhat positive 112 28%
Neutral 54 14%
Negative 71 18%
Don’t Know 16 4%

Total Positive 259 65%

Downtown business owners set up a special tax on themselves to improve
Downtown Orlando and it is THIS MONEY, NOT any tax on residents, that is
being used to build the Performing Arts Center.

Very positive 133 33%
Somewhat positive 109 27%
Neutral 69 17%
Negative 61 15%
Don’t Know 28 7%

Total Positive 242 61%

A new independent citizens oversight committee of business experts has been set
up to review construction costs for the new Performing Arts Center project and
make recommendations on moving the project forward.

Very positive 104 26%
Somewhat positive 128 32%
Neutral 76 19%
Negative 69 17%
Don’t Know 23 6%

Total Positive 232 58%

Having this new Performing Arts Center will provide Orlando with new and
bigger entertainment shows that could not be staged at the old Bob Carr Center.

Very positive 160 40%
Somewhat positive 91 23%
Neutral 70 18%
Negative 60 15%
Don’t Know 19 5%

Total Positive 251 63%

The new Performing Arts Center will likely be used for a long time, so it is better
to spend more money now and ensure City of Orlando residents will have a world
class facility that will stand the test of time.

Very positive 125 31%
Somewhat positive 97 24%
Neutral 72 18%
Negative 91 23%
Don’t Know 15 4%

Total Positive 222 56%

Having heard this information about the proposed Doctor Phillips Performing Arts
Center, do you support or oppose building the new Doctor Phillips Performing Arts
Center in downtown Orlando?

Support 240 60%
Oppose 130 33%
DK/Refused 30 8%

Gender.

Male 183 46%
Female 217 54%

Age.

18-39 70 18%
40-54 102 26%
55-64 88 22%
65-Up 132 33%
Refused 8 2%

Education.

0-11 19 5%
12 – High school 93 23%
Some college/Business school 77 19%
College graduate 121 30%
Graduate degree 82 21%
DK/Refused 8 2%

How often do you read the editorial section of the Orlando Sentinel?

Every day 78 20%
Most days 71 18%
Once in a while 134 34%
Never 109 27%
DK/Refused 8 2%

Are you active as a volunteer or coach in your local community?

Yes 174 44%
No 220 55%
DK/Refused 6 2%

Do you consider yourself to be of Hispanic, Cuban or any other Spanish ancestry?

Yes 46 12%
No 345 86%
DK/Refused 9 2%

African American/Black.

Yes 93 23%
No 298 75%
DK/Refused 9 2%