Nashville Metro Council is considering a proposal to build a new stadium for the Tennessee Titans. To better understand how our members and Metro employees feel about this potential deal, SEIU Local 205 commissioned a poll with Change Research. Below are the findings of the poll.
SEIU Local 205 Davidson County Poll Conducted by Change Research
207 Interviews in Davidson County, November 18 - December 1, 2022
D1. Are you male or female?
21% 18 to 34
35 35 to 49
36 50 to 64
D3. What is your race?
49% Black or African American
41 White / Caucasian
5 Hispanic or Latino/a
1 Asian / Pacific Islander
0 American Indian or Alaska Native
D4. What is the highest level of education you have completed?
13% High school diploma or less
29 Some college, but no degree
13 Associate’s degree, or two-year college degree
28 Bachelor’s degree, or four-year college degree
16 Graduate degree
Q1. Which of the following are the most important issues that you think the Nashville city government should be spending money on? Please pick no more than TWO.
52% Constructing affordable housing units
45 Public education
37 Address the homelessness crisis
28 Address rising crime
22 Public transportation
9 Invest in green jobs and make Nashville a leader in the green economy
3 A new Tennessee Titans football stadium
3 None of these
Q2. How much has Nashville’s population growth benefited you and your family?
7% A lot
35 Not too much
42 Not at all
Q3. How often do you attend Tennessee Titans football games?
11% More than once per year
11 Once per year
34 Once every couple years
45 I have never been to a Tennessee Titans game
Q4. Do you agree or disagree that taxpayer money should be used to fund professional sports?
5% Strongly agree
15 Somewhat agree
18 Somewhat disagree
58 Strongly disagree
4 Not sure
20 Total Agree
76 Total Disagree
Q5. The city of Nashville is considering building a brand new football stadium for the Tennessee Titans. Do you support or oppose this plan?
12% Strongly support
17 Somewhat support
17 Somewhat oppose
42 Strongly oppose
11 Not sure
29 Total Support
59 Total Oppose
Q6. The city of Nashville is considering building a brand new football stadium for the Tennessee Titans. Alternatively, the city could renovate the existing stadium. Would you prefer that the city of Nashville build a new stadium, renovate the existing stadium, or do neither?
23% Build a new stadium
42 Renovate the existing stadium
14 Not sure
The following are some reasons that people give for supporting or opposing the construction of a brand new stadium for the Tennessee Titans:
“Nashville is already one of the best live event cities in the world. The new stadium would be the ultimate multipurpose building that could finally accommodate the world’s biggest events from the Super Bowl and The Final Four to community programs. The new stadium would serve Nashville and Tennessee for generations.”
“We don’t have a choice. Either we spend a lot of money renovating the old stadium or we spend a lot of money making a new one. We might as well invest a little extra money in making a modern stadium from scratch than trying to save the old one.”
“The current stadium would be demolished and its site transformed into a beautiful neighborhood with green space and other great city amenities.”
“During the $1 billion Music City Center project, many metro workers and construction workers were promised raises that they never ended up receiving. How do we know that workers won’t get similarly poor treatment during this project?”
“This project would cost $2 billion dollars of taxpayer money, the most expensive stadium in history. We shouldn’t be spending so much money on sports when there are so many other serious issues that need to be addressed.”
“There is no reason why we need to spend $2 billion of taxpayer money on a brand new stadium when we could spend less than HALF that amount to renovate the existing stadium.”
“This construction project could endanger the lives of the construction workers put on the job. Nashville has had 20 workplace deaths for construction workers since 2016. Unless officials can ensure a safe work environment, this project should not go forward.”
“The city is only trying to build a new stadium with a dome because they think it’s the only way the NFL will host a Super Bowl in Nashville.”
Now that you have read some more, do you support or oppose the plan to build a new football stadium for the Tennessee Titans?
11% Strongly support
26 Somewhat support
15 Somewhat oppose
41 Strongly oppose
6 Not sure
37 Total Support
56 Total Oppose
Q10. Now that you have read some more, do you think the city of Nashville should build a new stadium, renovate the existing stadium, or do neither?
25% Build a new stadium
38 Renovate the existing stadium
13 Not sure
Q11. Would you be more or less likely to vote for a candidate for Mayor or Metro Council who supports the current plan to build a new stadium?
8% Much more likely to vote for
10 Somewhat likely to vote for
37 Makes no difference
23 Somewhat less likely to vote for
22 Much less likely to vote for
18 Total More Likely
45 Total Less Likely