Poll: Georgians Support VLT Gambling to Fund HOPE

Fifty-six percent of Georgians favor video lottery terminals in a casino-style environment to fund education, according to a recent 11Alive poll.

A recent poll by 11Alive found that a majority of Georgians support video lottery terminals in a casino-style environment to help fund the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten.

Out of the 1,292 registered Georgia voters polled, 56 percent said they favored the use of VLTs. Widespread support was found across all ages, genders and political parties, including conservatives and Republican voters. Thirty-four percent said they opposed it, and 11 percent were unsure.

Do you favor casino-style VLTs for funding education? Tell us in the comments.

The poll was released Tuesday, a week before the July 31 Republican Primary, which features the ballot question, "Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?"

A similar question is also on the Democratic ballot, which reads, "Would you support Casino gambling in Gwinnett County?"

Atlanta developer Dan O’Leary, who has proposed a $1-billion gambling complex in the Norcross area that would include VLTs, did not advocate for the question to be placed on the ballot, according to a press release from O'Leary Partners. When the primary ballots were first released, he called the Republican Primary question "flawed" and said it doesn't accurately ask voters about his project.

O'Leary presented the project at the Georgia Lottery Board meeting in April to try to gain the approval of VLT use, but the board essentially shot it down.

“The polls results show what we have known for years: Georgians support expanding the Georgia Lottery to increase revenue for the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten programs," O'Leary said Tuesday in the press release. "Particularly, this poll confirms that support is widespread and would be even more so if the ballot question was asked correctly."

Conducted by SurveyUSA, the 11Alive poll results are:

Support casino-style VLTs
Oppose casino-style VLTs
Undecided Democrats 64 percent 23 percent 13 percent Republicans 52 percent 40 percent 8 percent Independents 51 percent 38 percent 11 percent Conservatives 48 percent 44 percent 8 percent Moderates 59 percent 30 percent 10 percent Liberals 63 percent 21 percent 15 percent

To view the entire poll results, visit the Web page at 11Alive.com.

What do you think about these poll results? Do you support the use of video lottery terminals in a casino-style environment to fund education? Tell us in the comments.

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Dorothy Stevenson July 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
No, I most certainly DO NOT support VLTs and I voted NO in the early voting!
Jessie javore July 26, 2012 at 12:34 PM
YES, I do support it! I have two young children and would love to see the HOPE scholarship grow! If you don't agree with gambling, then don't enter the facility. From what I read, it seems that it would provide many jobs and increased revenue for the city in addition to aiding the HOPE program.


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