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Poll: Majority Of Voters Support Casinos In Georgia

Bill Would Put Decision Up To State Voters Next Year


Legislative efforts to authorize Las Vegas-style casinos the state of Georgia will be resurrected in 2017, and a new poll shows that the majority of registered voters support the idea.

A survey conducted for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution showed that 56 percent are in favor of casino gambling, while 38 oppose the idea.

Up to five casinos would be allowed under the plan, which will be introduced in the upcoming legislative session. Should the bill navigate through the legislature, state voters would be asked to decide on the November 2018 ballot.

According to the AJC, support was actually better in January 2016, when nearly 70 percent supported casinos, though the margin of error was plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.

It was also found that more than 80 percent of voters think they should be able to decide whether the Peach State should join a list of about 40 states with casinos.

Georgia’s interest in casinos has generated interest from MGM Resorts International. The casino giant is pushing for a $1 billion Atlanta project.

Georgians spend an estimated $600 million a year at out-of-state casinos.

Neighboring South Carolina is also looking at casinos in 2017.

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