Poll: Georgia voters support casino gambling

This June 24, 2016, photo shows cash, chips and dice on a craps table during a game at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the men who are proposing to build two new casinos in northern New Jersey near New York City, concluded the statewide ballot question that would authorize the projects will not pass, and ended their financial support for a campaign in its favor. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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This June 24, 2016, photo shows cash, chips and dice on a craps table during a game at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, N.J. On Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, the men who are proposing to build two new casinos in northern New Jersey near New York City, concluded the statewide ballot question that would authorize the projects will not pass, and ended their financial support for a campaign in its favor. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Credit: Rachel Taylor

Credit: Rachel Taylor

A Georgia College & State University poll is giving casino supporters some reason to cheer.

The school's State of the State Poll found 58 percent of Georgia voters support casino gambling. It's a debate sure to be revived next year as lawmakers consider a constitutional amendment to legalize casinos and funnel some of the proceeds to the HOPE scholarship.

Among the other findings:

-- About 55 percent of Georgians said they were not satisfied with public education and the same proportion said they'd be willing to invest more money to improve the system.

-- About half of Georgians back legalized same-sex marriage, and three in four favor legalizing medical marijuana.

-- Gov. Nathan Deal's 52 percent approval rating was slightly higher than last year, while approval ratings for Sen. Johnny Isakson (43 percent) and Sen. David Perdue (46 percent) dropped. Only one in three voters gave the Georgia Legislature a favorable review.

-- About 61 percent of voters strongly oppose the campus carry legislation that allows college students to carry concealed guns on public campuses.

Insider's note: This item was ripped from the Daily Jolt.

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