These are the results of a survey conducted by Better Georgia March 11-14.
Download a PDF of the full survey results here: Better Georgia Survey March 2012 (PDF)
While voters see the economy, job creation and public education as top priorities, lawmakers have filled their calendar with fringe issues that receive public support from a minority of voters.
We will make sure voters in every district know how their representatives vote on these issues. Lawmakers won’t be able to vote in Atlanta and then hide from those votes back home.”
Here’s a snapshot of the survey results
A majority of Georgians oppose changing the Constitution to remove local control from city and county school boards with only 16 percent of Georgians supporting the change. Georgians between the ages of 30 and 44, those most likely to have children who are about to start or have just started school, oppose the change by a nearly 2:1 margin with 43 percent saying they strongly oppose the change.
Georgians oppose the concealed weapon changes by an overwhelming margin with 66 percent in opposition. And even those Georgians who call themselves “very conservative” oppose the changes by a double-digit margin with 46 percent – a near majority – saying they “strongly” oppose the proposal.
Georgians lean heavily against further legislative restrictions on women’s health choices. By a 14-point margin, voters support Georgia’s current restrictions on abortions beginning during the second trimester, or 24 weeks. 43 percent of voters oppose changing restrictions to 20 weeks. 29 percent support the change. While 73 percent of Georgia women say that the economy and jobs should be among the legislature’s highest priorities, only 17 percent say the same about passing laws that further restrict choice.
Even after a heated debate in the legislature, a family income cap as low as $100,000 for the HOPE scholarship remains popular, with a solid majority of Georgia voters. Fifty-six percent still favor the proposal. This compares well to 61 percent support in January. Gov. Deal’s office publicly accused Democrats of playing partisan politics by proposing a less restrictive cap of $140,000 that would put the program’s shaky finances back on solid ground. Republican voters remain split. Forty-two percent support the plan and 47 percent oppose it. An overwhelming majority of voters who don’t call themselves a Republican back a $100,000 cap, including independents who say they normally vote for the Republican candidate in a two-way race.
A majority of voters say that Georgia’s $100 million share of the national foreclosure settlement should be spent to help homeowners who are in danger of foreclosure instead of being sent to the General Fund as Gov. Deal favors. This includes a solid majority of independent voters, 60 percent.
The Better Georgia survey of 773 registered Georgia voters was conducted March 11-13, 2012, by 20/20 Insight, LLC and has a 3.5 percent margin of error.