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Poll: Housing density divides voters

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: September 19, 2013 - 2:06 PM

Voters in Minneapolis are divided on whether increasing residential density is a good idea, according to a poll conducted for the Star Tribune.

In a poll of 800 likely voters, 39 percent said they oppose plans to increase residential density in Minneapolis. Another 37 percent said they support them, while 24 percent were not sure.

The findings illustrate the neighborhood tension that has frequently accompanied dense development proposals in neighborhoods across the city.

Density has played a larger-than-usual role in city politics as of late because officials at City Hall say it is needed to increase Minneapolis' population.

Most recently, activists (above right) fought strongly -- but unsuccessfully -- against a proposal to build apartments in the University of Minnesota's Dinkytown area.

The poll, conducted between September 8-10 by Pulse Opinion Research, has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

The party breakdown of the poll was 53 percent Democrat, 36 percent "other" and 12 percent Republican.

Click here for a more complete breakdown of the poll results.

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