Pre Session Poll Taps the Opinions of Georgia Voters

Fox 5 Atlanta is out with a poll from Insider Advantage that tries to tap the mood of registered voters leading up to the start of the legislative session on Monday. Many of the questions focus on what could be done to improve transportation in the Peach State, which is likely to be one of the major items considered by lawmakers, given that a joint study committee released the results and recommendations on how to fund the construction and maintenance or roads and bridges. Some say there is a shortfall of between one and five billion dollars annually.

37% of respondents agreed with the report’s conclusion that transportation spending must be increased, compared to 34% who disagreed, and 29% who were undecided. When asked how additional transportation spending might be funded, 32.7% preferred a 1% statewide sales tax increase, except in the areas that passed the TSPLOST tax in 2012. 19% wanted an increase in the motor fuel excise tax, while 48% wanted to fund transportation some other way.

In fact, the transportation issue was far from being the most top of mind issue for Georgia voters. That honor fell to education, which was top priority for 41%, followed by government ethics at 20% and crime reduction at 14%. Only 11% looked at transportation as being the most important issue, behind “Other” at 14%.

A story in the Augusta Chronicle by Walter Jones had this from Insider Advantage Chairman Matt Towery:

He noted that Georgia voters don’t rank transportation as a top issue for the legislature to tackle, and they’re generally not in the mood to pay more taxes for it. Education ranked first when voters were asked what single issue was most important, with 41 percent, followed by government ethics with 20 percent, reducing crime at 14 percent, “other” at 14 percent, and transportation as the bottom of the choices listed, at 11 percent.

“I don’t understand why leaders in the state don’t do a better job of explaining to the voters why transportation is important to them,” Towery said. “…The average voter has gotten used to the traffic congestion they have to face, and they simply schedule the needed time to deal with it, and they don’t understand why business groups are so focused on it.”

In other issues surveyed, 63% voters supported the legalization of the non-psychoactive oil derived from marijuana to treat patients suffering from seizures and other illnesses. Voters oppose the religious freedom bill proposed by Rep. Sam Teasley and Sen. Josh McKoon by a 35-25% margin, although 40% are undecided. However when asked if they would support the religious liberty bill if it enhanced the rights of Muslims, support dropped to 18%, with 54% in opposition.

The survey of 444 registered voters was conducted on January 6th and 7th, and was Weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation. The survey’s margin of error is 4.6% at the 95% Confidence level.


  1. Rick Day says:

    You guys need to look closely at Peake’s Cannabis salve (this is not medical marijuana by any stretch of the imagination).

    The list is extremely limited. You basically have to be either helpless or dying before you can rub the cream.

    Something weird is going on with the medial campagne and ‘not-for-profits’ that Peake is getting involved with. And he is getting VERY cozy with one GW Pharmaceuticals. Who, you guessed it, is the sole supplier of the specific cream Peake is attempting to not only give the single market to, but to also give some millions to GW to do the research mandated by law.

    Now, you got a great medical research system here in GA. Why in the world would GA taxpayers hand over millions to a foreign corporation (GW is British owned) who just failed a major clinical trial indicating the salve really has no efficacy for pain in cancer patients–finance.html funds to exclusively study their own product? Can we trust everyone to not be self serving when it comes to cannabis? Well, what does history show?

    My sources indicate that Rep Peake has certain friends who own private jets. They use the jets to fly children and their parents to states where regulatory markets have been established. It is believed these medications are being flown across state lines. I”m not an expert on federal law, but this seems illegal if the average parent tried to do the same. Why isn’t this ‘smuggling’?

    Keep your eye on any semblance of a PR campaign not only to pass Peak’s bill, but to squash the other reform legislation. Why? Follow the money. Who stands to benefit if there is only one supplier of ‘medical marijuana’?

    Of course, only a select few know what the wording is, but this Sunday I intend to discuss this issue with representatives over heaps of dead pig. It would be nice to see the actual wording of the bill to be filed.

    Relief for all or Jail for All. There is no more reason to compromise.

  2. Will Durant says:

    “48% wanted to fund transportation some other way.” How? We have saturated the market with fee grabbing cops. Hell, the majority of Florida’s Yankee tourists fly there now and we contributed to that trend. Obviously we have to come up with some means for theotherguy to pay for the dang roads.

    Boy howdy don’t they scurry away from that Religious Freedom thing if they think it applies to the religion of theotherguy as well.

    To heck with Matt Towery, where are the Buzz poll results? 🙂

    • David C says:

      Quimby: “They want the bear patrol but they won’t pay taxes for it. Are those morons getting dumber or just louder?”
      Assistant: “Dumber, sir.”

  3. Three Jack says:

    Of course transportation is not top of mind in a survey conducted statewide. There are plenty of four lane highways all over the state with little to no traffic providing easy commutes in those areas.

    Ask the same question of Metro Atlanta voters who actually travel more than 10 miles to work daily and I bet the results would be far different. As part of any plan that might come from this session, funding must be concentrated where the problems have been for decades, not used to build highways to nowhere in the most rural areas of the state.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Except now that about a fifth of the state has already substantially increased it’s funding of transportation, and thus wants nothing to do with a statewide tax increase spending “where the problems have been for decades” when virtually none of it will be coming their way for years.

      It’s a tall order when you’ve got carry everywhere else 3-2 to overcome that.

  4. jmacs12000 says:

    Well, we saw with the last election that polls with a 4.6% margin of error don’t mean squat.
    Let’s see, how many people have kids in school or work for a school system? How many commute more than 25 miles a day to work and were they factored in????
    I think that explains your poll and shows a very strong bias towards more money down the toilet for a very inferior result.
    What is the make up of State Legislators who are also part of a school system? I can think of Steve Hanson, but I’m sure one of the strongest lobbying groups camped out at the State House is some teacher’s group. Heck, now we’re going to pass out free community college dollars.
    Try to find an alternate around the daily back up at the 285/20 interchange or westbound 285/85 or east bound 285/75 south.

    “444 registered voters was conducted on January 6th and 7th, and was Weighted for age, race, gender and political affiliation”

    • Dave Bearse says:

      The I-85 HOT lanes show you how much people are willing to personally pay to reduce their own congestion.

      Guess what, it doesn’t near cover the cost of construction. Good luck getting strong broad for higher taxes to relieve any congestion that personally affect them—it’s what did in TIA/T-SPLOST.

  5. jmacs12000 says:

    Sorry Dave, I didn’t mean we need to raise taxes – Lets cut the “sacred cow” – EDUCATION – all that’s means is increased spending for state/county employee healthcare costs and salaries. Sorry, maybe IPADs too, but the results continue to be dismal. Let’s get somebody with just a small amount of vision for GROWTH. Get that old, forgotten ratio back to 5 private sector employees for every one public sector. Five public sector employees for every one private sector ain’t gonna get us anywhere except unemployed or part time “educated youth” and more potholes/backups and cops standing around with their hands in their pockets or on their cell phones ignoring the backups. GDOT can’t even afford to get the white lines painted on 285. Wake up and smell the coffee.

  6. MattMD says:

    What in the hell are you even talking about, jmacs? You are babbling more incomprehensible than my infant.

    • Back in Black says:

      Glad you pointed that out MattMD. It looks like JMacs’ been hitting the cannabis a few years before Georgia outright legalizes it. His last post looks like a jigsaw puzzle thrown in the air.

  7. saltycracker says:

    Survey factoids:

    Marijuana: you can get too high……on taxes

    To protect religious freedom do NOT say Allah, Allah in free.

    You are not likely to worry about road improvements if they just graded yours last week.

    Education: it isn’t about the cost per child but the cost for not teaching (parenting, admin, early retirement)

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