Nearly two-thirds of Lexingtonians say they don't plan to go to WEG

08/26/2010 05:17 AM

About 28% of respondents to the cn|2 Poll in Fayette County say they plan to attend at least one event at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games that will begin next month, while an overwhelming majority (64.5%) say they won’t be heading to the Kentucky Horse Park for the events.

Nearly 7.5% said they didn’t know yet. The cn|2 Poll of 503 likely voters in Fayette County was taken Aug. 23-24 and conducted by interviewers from Braun Research Inc. For more details and cross-tabs about this question as well as a question about issues facing Lexington, check out the polling document.

Organizers have struggled to match their ambitious ticket-sales goals. Although as the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Linda Blackford reported this week, those sales have picked up of late.

Still, the games have been running quirky ads on Lexington and Louisville radio and television over the last month aimed at driving up attendance from Kentuckians and playing up other aspects of the games besides equine-related events.

Because the games arrive just weeks before the Nov. 2 election, we asked Mayor Jim Newberry and Jamie Emmons, campaign manager for Vice Mayor Jim Gray who is challenging Newberry, what they thought of these results. Here’s what Newberry had to say:

Emmons, meanwhile, said he was more concerned about the results:

Check back later Thursday for more poll results from cn|2’s Fayette County poll.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Greg Pursifull

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