(Atlanta)—Two recent public opinion surveys by Georgia-based Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications reveal that most Cobb County residents approve of the Atlanta Braves move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County. Cobb residents support the move by a margin 57%-29%.
However, support declines throughout the rest of Metro Atlanta. Metro Atlantans oppose the Braves move to Cobb County by a margin of 33%-52%.
The polls were conducted for WSB Channel 2 News and were reported Wednesday evening, November 13, 2013.
“Cobb County supports the move because they see benefits and recognition that will flow from it,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “From a political point of view, Republicans support the move even more than Democrats. 63% of Republicans support the move while only 47% of Democrats say they do. This might provide political cover to that county’s Republican elected leadership who may have to work with economic development incentives.”
However, only 30% of Republicans say they favor Braves using taxpayer dollars to help build the Braves stadium, while 60% oppose.
“The Metro Atlanta area is overwhelmingly opposed to the Atlanta Braves moving to this location in Cobb County,” said John Garst, President of Rosetta Stone Communications, LLC. “The region takes issue with their ball team moving to a suburban county.”
Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications are political firms based in Metro Atlanta, Georgia. The firms regularly conduct public opinion surveys regarding politics. The firms jointly conducted the poll.