There’s a new poll out from Landmark and Rosetta Stone showing slightly more Georgians in support of a Constitutional Amendment to permit the creation of new school systems than opposing it -but that Georgians oppose any loosening of marijuana restrictions by a margin of 57% to 34%. These results show Georgia (one of the first states in the nation to pass a medical marijuana law) running with prevailing national education trends but counter to national sentiment on the marijuana issue.
Full release and a link to the cross-tabs below the fold.
“A new poll conducted jointly by Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications reveals Georgia voters are split on the subject of a Constitutional Amendment to allow for the creation of new school systems in the state. The idea of an amendment is supported by 39 percent of Georgia voters verses 41 percent who oppose the amendment.
“Voters who consider themselves to live in Metro Atlanta are in support of this measure by a margin of 48-36,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “However voters who live outside Metro Atlanta, many of who live in rural areas and in small counties, oppose the measure by a margin of 34-44.”
The idea for a school amendment splits down party lines. Democrats oppose the measure by a margin of 49-31 percent and Republicans support the measure by a margin of 46-34 percent.
“The key to this issue are the independent voters,” said John Garst, President of Rosetta Stone Communications. “They are dead tied at 41 percent approval and 41 percent opposition. If this were on the ballot today the decision would rest with the 20 percent of the undecided Independent voters in Georgia.”
The survey also had bad news for the supporters of loosening Georgia’s laws governing the possession and sale of marijuana. Only 34 percent of Georgia voters support loosening the marijuana laws in the peach state verses 57 percent who oppose relaxing the laws. “Metro Atlantans are more supportive of loosening marijuana laws in Georgia,” said Mark Rountree. “40 percent of Metro Atlantans support loosening these laws while only 29 percent of non-Metro Atlantans do.”
“There is not a single demographic group that supports loosening Georgia’s marijuana laws,” said John Garst. “but as expected the highest level of support come from voters under the age 40.”
Landmark Communication and Rosetta Stone Communications are leaders in public opinion polling in Georgia and regularly conduct joint surveys for WSB-TV in Atlanta.”
Cross-tabs on both polls available here.