A recent survey conducted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows that most metro Atlanta residents are against expanding gambling for video lottery terminals to fund the HOPE scholarship and pre-kindergarten.
According to the AJC, 53 percent of 625 local voters in the poll said they oppose "video-style slot machines." Forty percent of the ones surveyed said they were in support of it, and the other 7 percent were undecided.
Do you favor VLTs for funding education? Tell us in the comments.
11Alive also did a recent recent poll on the VLT issue, and it received differing results from the AJC poll. Out of the 1,292 registered Georgia voters polled, 56 percent said they favored the use of VLTs. Thirty-four percent said they opposed it, and 11 percent were unsure.
For the July 31st election ballot this Tuesday, registered Republican voters in Georgia will be asked the question, "Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?"
A similar question is also on the Democratic ballot, and it 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 ballots were first released, he called the Republican Primary question "flawed" and said it doesn't accurately ask voters about his project.
What do you think about these differing 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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