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Poll: San Jose residents would vote in favor of new A’s ballpark

The poll indicates overwhelming support for a plan for the city of San Jose to give downtown land to the Oakland A's for a new ballpark.

A poll of San Jose residents indicates overwhelming support for a plan for the city of San Jose to give downtown land to the Oakland A's for a new ballpark, with 62 percent of those asked approving of the plan.

You don't see such overwhelming support for sports facilities very often, as only 23.5 percent of the respondents opposed the plan. The poll was done by San Jose State University's Survey and Policy Research Institute for the San Jose Mercury News.

The poll is expected to give some cover to a three-person panel appointed by Commissioner Bud Selig to evaluate the future of the A's in Oakland. A report from the panel has been expected for weeks, but delayed for various reasons; we were told by someone close to the project that a release was imminent a month ago. 

The main issue with San Jose: It sits squarely within the territory of the San Francisco Giants, who strongly oppose a move by the A's into their region. A report from the panel concluding the only sane place for the A's to move is San Jose won't mollify the Giants, but it will give Selig some ammunition to work out a financial settlement for the Giants, and perhaps a restructuring of the teams' territorial rights in the Bay Area.

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