Georgians Ready For Tougher Laws On Animal Cruelty

A poll recently released by Landmark Communications indicates strong public support for HB 863, whose sponsors include Representatives Rich Golick, Matt Ramsey, Mark Hamilton, Mike Dudgeon, B.J. Pak, and Jones. The survey found 64% in favor of treating the “intentional starvation and torture of animals” as a felony, rather than a misdemeanor. 17% were opposed and 21% undecided. The most surprising finding to me was that torturing animals wasn’t a felony already. Full release below the fold.

(Atlanta)—A recent public opinion survey by Atlanta Landmark Communications reveals that voters in the State of Georgia are ready to implement harsher penalties for animal cruelty. The survey, which was conducted on January 23, 2014 and sampled 750 random likely general election voters – – shows little opposition to this bill from any demographic or political affiliation.

Male voters in our sample favor this measure by a margin of 64-15 while female voters in our sample favor the measure by a margin of 63-15. Self identified Republican Primary voters were the strongest supporters of the measure by a margin of 72-13 – while Democratic voters favored the measure by a more modest margin of 55-19.

The sponsor of this legislation is Smyrna Representative, Rich Golick, who is expected to hold meetings this week to hear input from the public. Golick currently serves as Chairman of the House Non-Civil Judiciary Committee.

“There is strong public support for this proposal,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “As the General Assembly is heavily focused this year on fiscal and educational issues, there is also broad public support for policies such as this.”

The poll was conducted on January 23, 2014. This survey included responses from 750 likely Georgia voters and has a margin of error of 3.5%. The survey was conducted using IVR technology and weighted for accuracy by age, gender and race.

Q: “As you may have heard, legislators are considering legislation that would make the intentional starvation and torture of animals a felony in Georgia. Currently it is a misdemeanor. Would you support or Oppose this legislation?”

Support – 64%
Oppose – 15%
Undecided – 21%