Poll states NY voters unaware of MMA legislation
June 28, 2012
A poll indicates 52% of registered New York voters have heard nothing about the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York. The latest Siena College Research Institute poll asked 766 New York registered voters about a variety of topics including the legalization of MMA in the state.
The following are the results:
766 New York registered voters
Margin of Error +/- 3.5
52% – Heard nothing at all about legalizing MMA in NY. This response stems from the question: Legalizing mixed martial arts - or MMA – in New York State. How much have you heard or read about it – a great deal, some, not very much, nothing at all. The rest of the results are as follows:
8% responded with “a great deal”
22% not very much
52% nothing at all
1% don’t know/no opinion
On legalizing MMA in the state:
32% – Support
26% – Oppose
38% – Don’t have enough information
4% – No opinion
Among other things the poll asked New York voters included legalizing medical marijuana and raising the minimum wage.
The polling information is a little dated so we apologize but we thought it would be interesting.
Fight Opinion has an extensive analysis and opinion on the results of the latest poll including a comparison as to the results from an April 2012 poll which had 52% of the respondents siding with opponents of MMA. Zach Arnold points to the wording of the question which may have caused the disparity in results. As Arnold notes with the results of the latest poll conducted in May 2012, despite the lobbying efforts, economic studies and public relations, the message is still not making it through to the bulk of New York voters according to the poll. While one might argue that the sample size is relatively small, it still may reflect the voting public. Thus, it seems that either most New Yorkers aren’t aware of the sport of MMA, that its not legal within the state or just don’t care.