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Special Report: New Chargers poll doesn't look good for team

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John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research and Communication John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research and Communication

SAN Diego (KUSI) — A new poll is out on the Chargers Stadium Initiative and it does not bode well for keeping the team in San Diego.

The poll shows the Chargers haven't been able to move the needle since they announced their signature drive back in April.

The poll, by Competitive Edge Research, surveyed 500 voters with a margin of error at 4.4 percent. They were contacted by cell phone, landlines and a portion online. 

Those surveyed are San Diegans who are going to vote in this election and turnout will be high.

The numbers show over 40 percent of voters are strongly opposed to a downtown stadium and the strong support in favor of Measure C is about half that. Ten percent are undecided.

What is this telling us?

"It's telling us it's not going to win, and it's telling us the Chargers will likely end up about 40 to 45 percent. I think if they get more than 45 percent, they're over performing. What I would expect, if they get under 40, I wouldn't be completely surprised but that's the range," said John Nienstedt of Competitive Edge Research and Communication. 

The voters were asked if they read the ballot question, not the entire initiative, then asked if they voted yes or no.

"In this case, that's the key question here, we of course, asked it of people who have voted already and people who have yet to vote. It's important to get both those groups because they can be different populations," Nienstedt said.

The Chargers ads imply San Diego cannot be a world class city if we lose our NFL franchise.

"We've tested that question in the past or versions of it, you know  the question about world class city, in 20-years of polling Steve I've never seen that San Diegans see that as a big reason to vote for anything," he said.

Nienstedt  said, to San Diegans, world class means LA and San Diego doesn't want to be LA.

"Voters want the Chargers to stay but they want the Chargers to stay on their terms not the Chargers terms, that's key to this," Nienstedt said.

Nienstedt said when you're over 50 percent, as the initiative is in the current poll, that's not a lot of hope for the Chargers. 

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