July 17, 2013 To: Interested Parties Fr: Lisa Grove / Brian Stryker Re: Convention Center Hotel Public Opinion Voters are

opposed to paying for a private hotel with public money, and they soundly reject building the convention center hotel with taxpayer dollars. • Voters do not want their money to be spent on a private hotel. Voters overwhelmingly oppose “using $120 million of public money to build a convention center hotel” (73% oppose / 20% favor). o Attaching the name of a profitable hotel chain does not help the proposal. Voters heavily oppose “using $120 million of public money to build a convention center Hyatt hotel” (79% oppose / 15% favor). They oppose the proposal’s details too. Most (56%) oppose “using taxes on local hotel rooms and car rentals to build a convention center Hyatt” (38% favor). They want to be allowed to vote before Metro gives their money to a hotel chain. Almost three-quarters want to “require a public vote before Metro can give tax money to build a convention center hotel” (73% favor / 23% oppose).

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Voters would reject a law to allow their money to be used on a private hotel. Voters reject the following referendum in legal language and plain English by a wide margin:

No
[LEGAL] Amend county ordinance to allow transient lodging tax to be used to pay for bonded indebtedness on a convention center hotel. [PLAIN ENGLISH] Voting yes means the referendum would become law, and Multnomah County would be allowed to use public money from hotel taxes to build a new hotel near the convention center. Voting no means the referendum would not become law, and Multnomah County would not be allowed to use money from hotel taxes to build a hotel at the convention center. 54%

Yes
36%

56%

39%

When voters hear balanced arguments about a potential referendum, they side with those seeking to strike down the law. Voters heavily pick the opponents’ argument in a back and forth about the referendum:
We need to build a convention center hotel if we are ever going to attract the conventions we need to keep the convention center open and viable. While it is important to attract conventions to Portland, giving $120 million in a sweetheart deal to a profitable hotel chain is not the way to do it. 34% 57%

Anzalone Liszt Grove Research conducted N=400 live landline and cellphone interviews with likely November 2014 voters in Multnomah County June 26-30, 2013. Respondents were selected at random, with interviews apportioned geographically based on expected voter turnout. Expected margin of sampling error is ±4.9% with a 95% confidence level and higher for subgroups.

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