Polling Provides Good News On Casino Gambling Question

A new poll shows the non-binding casino gambling question on Tuesday’s GOP ballot in trouble.

Fifty-three percent of the 625 local voters surveyed say they are against expanding gambling to allow “video-style slot machines.” Forty percent said they support adding the devices, while the rest were undecided.

It seems my county of Gwinnett is in the middle of a lot of things lately, including the push for casino gambling.

Developer Dan O’Leary wants to build a $1 billion gambling resort in Gwinnett that could pump $350 million each year into the cash-strapped HOPE scholarship program. And the lottery board, facing pressure to boost sales, voted this month to make Georgia one of the first states to expand lottery sales to the Internet.

Dealing with the terms of the HOPE scholarship is an issue we’ll be dealing with for quite a while. The rising cost of college education should be the major part of that discussion. Using HOPE as a hammer to beak down Georgian’s opposition to casino gambling should be rejected. It looks like it will be.


  1. Why did Greg not report who the pollster was?

    The online version printed in the AJC failed to mention it. Did his editors remove it? That was the elephant room– or, so to speak, the obvious elephant not in the room. There are no crosstabs, there’s no questionnaire to review question phrasing or order, no methodology, no company name.

    The ballot question will not pass on Tuesday because of the phrasing of the ballot question. If information about the HOPE scholarship had been included (it’s not — it just generically says the funds would go to ‘education’) then the numbers would have gone up substantially.

  2. saltycracker says:

    A bigger win-win would go to Phillip Morris and other select companies and cut a deal allowing them to sell marijuana cigarettes in Georgia in return for a high state tax for education & transportation.

  3. Bob Loblaw says:

    53% is not a slam dunk. Also, the words “for education”–why aren’t those good words to get a “yes” answer? Who isn’t “for education”?

    While on the subject, allowing Norcross to build the facility planned by Mr. O’Leary needs careful scrutiny! The Letter of Intent on his previous dealings with bringing gaming to Underground gave him a 150-mile radius where no other gaming could be permitted–essentially giving him a monopoly. No offense to Norcross, but its not a destination. If Georgia is going to expand gaming, it shouldn’t set up its citizens and visitors with these Video Lottery Terminals. It walks and talks like a slot machine but is really just buying multiple scratch off tickets in a video form. The odds are horrible. You’re not playing against the machine, you’re playing against the motherboard.

    Georgia should go all-in if they choose to expand gaming. No monopolies! No doubletalk!

  4. PegM says:

    I guess we Atlantans who like to gamble will have to continue to fill the tax coffers of Cherokee and Tunica. They are both beautiful drives and Cherokee will expand to include live card games, a huge draw for the Atlanta market.

    • Charlie says:

      You can gamble here now. It’s called the Georgia lottery.

      If this ballot question works as intended, you can have expanded gambling options here later. With the Georgia lottery.

      And if this passes, you will never have live table games, horse racing, sports book betting, or anything like it. Because Georgia Lottery Corp can’t provide that. And once they open their “casinos”, they will never tolerate the competition.

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