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Survey shows Sioux Falls voters support snow gates, rezoning for south-side Walmart

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A new survey by Nielson Brothers Polling finds support among Sioux Falls voters both for snow gates on city plows and for the rezoning plans in south Sioux Falls to allow construction of a Walmart. 

NBP surveyed likely voters in Sioux Falls from March 18 to 20 on issues and candidates on the April 8 municipal election ballot. When asked about Initiated Measure One, which requires the city to use snow gates on plows for non-snow emergency routes, 65% percent of respondents say they will vote for the requirement, 24% say they will vote against it, and 11% are undecided.

When asked about Referred Law Four, which would rezone 39 acres of land at 85th Street and South Minnesota Avenue, allowing for construction of a Walmart and other new businesses, 60% of respondents claim they will vote for it, 29% will vote against it, with 11% undecided. 

"Sioux Falls voters appear in favor of allowing Walmart to build on the city's south side, and for requiring snow gates on city plows," says Paul Nielson, president of Nielson Brothers Polling. "However, the use of 'super precincts' combined with the usual low voter participation in municipal elections means that the ability of candidates and causes to get voters to the polls may have a major impact on final results."

The proposal to build a new outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park, however, appears unpopular, as respondents favor an indoor pool.

When asked about replacing the outdoor pool at Spellerberg Park with another outdoor pool, only 28% of respondents say they will vote for it, while 55% will vote against it, and 17% remain undecided. A defeat of the outdoor pool proposal would lead to a new indoor pool at the same location. When NBP asked a follow-up question on whether respondents would prefer an outdoor or indoor pool at that site, 55% of respondents would choose an indoor pool, while 31% said outdoor pool, and 15% remain undecided. 


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