Group says poll shows support for moving legislative session

Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A statewide poll commissioned by a group opposed to moving the legislative session to Matanuska-Susitna Borough showed those surveyed favor the move, a committee member said.

Juneau Mayor Sally Smith said results of the telephone poll ''indicates we're not on the winning side of it right now.''

But Smith and Win Gruening, chairman of the Alaska Committee, refused to release the number of people polled or other details of the survey.

Gruening said it will be used to campaign against a planned ballot initiative in the 2002 election. Supporters plan to begin gathering the 28,783 signatures to get the measure on the ballot, said Mark Chryson, a leader of the drive.

Ballot initiatives aimed at moving the capital have come before voters several times. In 1976 voters picked Willow as the new state capital, but balked two years later on approving the $966 million cost of the move.

A similar vote in 1982 to spend $2.8 billion to move the capital also failed.

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