If visitors to the Brainerd Commerce and Industry Show last weekend had their say, President George W. Bush would be re-elected, Minnesota taxpayers wouldn't foot the bill for a new Twins/Vikings stadium and the state constitution would be amended to ban gay marriages.
The Dispatch hosted three poll questions each day of the C&I Show for visitors to the Brainerd Area Civic Center Friday through Sunday.
Friday's question asked, "If the presidential election were held today, would you vote for Bush or Sen. John Kerry?" Of the votes cast, 194 were for Bush while 152 votes went to Kerry. Of those under age 18, 20 votes were for Bush while 19 were for Kerry. One vote was undecided, six voted for neither candidate, one voted for George Wallace and two voters selected other choices.
Saturday's question asked, "Should Minnesota taxpayers be taxed for a new Twins/Vikings stadium?" Of the votes cast, an overwhelming number of people voted no at 461 votes. Only 42 voted to financially support a new stadium.
Sunday's question asked, "Should the Minnesota constitution be amended to ban gay marriages?" Visitors to the show cast 218 votes in favor of such a ban while 57 people voted no.
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