December Power Poll results: Memphis leaders sound off

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The Memphis Tigers huddle up before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide at FedExForum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.
The Memphis Tigers huddle up before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide at FedExForum on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

The Power Poll is a monthly survey sent to more than 437 influential business, political, nonprofit and cultural leaders in the Bluff City. The poll is presented by The Commercial Appeal and sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and DVL Seigenthaler - Finn Partners.

The December Power Poll focused on several different topics in the news recently.

The December Memphis Power Poll:

With the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19, do you plan to change your travel or celebration plans for the rest of the year?

  • 10% — Yes -- will not travel

  • 33% — Yes -- will travel, just be much more cautious

  • 25% — No -- will continue with plans as normal

  • 32% — No -- planned to stay home anyway

The initial lineup for the 2022 Beale Street Music Festival has been announced and features, among others, Foo Fighters, Lil Wayne and The Smashing Pumpkins. Do you plan to attend the festival?

  • 11% — Yes!

  • 8% — Probably - as long as the pandemic appears in check

  • 25% — Possibly - depends on the rest of the lineup

  • 45% — No - I never go

  • 11% — No - the ongoing pandemic will likely keep me away

The Memphis International Airport had made several significant announcements lately. Which are you most excited about?

  • 67% — The opening of the renovated Concourse B

  • 15% — The arrival of Spirit Airlines

  • 18% — Nonstop service to Boston by American Airlines

It has been a rough few weeks for the University of Memphis men's basketball team. Four consecutive loses (followed by a big win over Alabama) then late cancellation of the game against Tennessee and Alabama State. Given all that, where do you think the team is heading?

  • 14% — Win AAC and make at least the Sweet 16

  • 11% —Win the AAC Tournament, out of NCAA tournament early

  • 22% —At-large berth to NCAA Tournament then out early

  • 18% — Miss the NCAA Tournament, but win the NIT again

  • 35% — Miss the NCAA Tournament and lose in the NIT

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Memphis Power Poll Results

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