Georgia voters most concerned about gambling and marijuana, poll reveals

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ATLANTA — As state lawmakers return to Gold Dome to begin the 40-day session of 2016, a new newspaper poll reveals that a majority of Georgia voters desire favorable action on casino gambling, medical marijuana and “religious liberty.”

The poll was conducted by the national firm Abt SRBI for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The poll revealed the following specifically: 

  • 62 percent of registered voters favor legalizing casino gambling to help subsidize the HOPE scholarship;
  • 72 percent say Georgia should create a medical marijuana harvest and distribution system.
  • 53 percent believe lawmakers should pass a so-called religious liberty bill;
  • 39 percent support “merit pay” for teachers.

The poll was conducted in January telephone poll of 977 adult Georgians, including 853 registered voters. The margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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