Editor’s Note: Following is a news release from Georgia Rep. Harry Geisenger of Roswell.
Rep. Harry Geisinger of Roswell today lauded the results of a recently conducted poll on how Georgia voters feel about horse racing in Georgia.
“I find these poll results to be encouraging to our cause,” Geisinger said. “At a time when we need to attract new, high-revenue businesses to Georgia I am glad to see that the people would favor a referendum on allowing them to vote up or down on whether to bring this job creating engine to our state. The bottom line is this can help bring jobs and close our revenue hole in the long run.”
The statewide poll of 1134 Georgia voters was commissioned by the Georgia Equine Education Project (GEEP) and conducted by Landmark Communications, Inc. of Duluth.
The poll found that 47% of Georgia voters would be in favor of “allowing the people of Georgia to vote in a referendum on whether or not betting on horseracing in Georgia should be allowed under the law”. Only 38% of Georgia voters opposed giving the people of Georgia a vote on the matter.
“Once we have the opportunity to present the facts to the people, I feel confident that Georgians will move overwhelmingly to support bringing horseracing to our state,” Geisinger continued. “The poll showed that people are 57% more likely to support horse racing if part of the proceeds go to the HOPE Scholarship and other education efforts, which is in fact, already in our bill.”
Another finding of the poll is that only 26% of Georgia voters view horse racing as “immoral”. This shows 74% don’t see it as a moral issue and can be moved with an education on the benefits that horse racing can bring to the state.
For more details on the frequencies and crosstabs of the poll, call 404-729-1961.