Poll: Majority of Georgians approve of Trump, favor casino gaming

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A new poll released by tech research company Revily has released a new study showing that Georgians are mostly supportive of casino gaming and- yes- Donald Trump.

The survey found that 46 percent of Peach State voters approve of the job Trump has done since taking office, while roughly 40 percent disapprove.

That was about as divisive as the numbers got.

Revily’s report largely focused on casino gaming legislation, which is gaining traction in the General Assembly. 71 percent of voters said that they approve some form of legalized gaming, while 61 percent agreed that they are particularly fond of casinos. But while most said they didn’t oppose casinos, fewer said they would actually spend their dollars on a visit.

“When asked if they would visit a casino in Georgia, nearly half (47.12%) of residents said no,” the study said. “However, upon further analysis, we found that of the 61% of the population who earlier indicated that their support of gaming included casinos, around half (48%) were likely voters who said they would not visit a casino if built.”

According to the study, most voters are drawn toward creating a new revenue source for the HOPE scholarship. 39 percent of respondents said that a boost to the state program could be the greatest benefit of passing the measure.

The effort to legalize casino gaming in Georgia has been ramping up in the 2017 session, as deep-pocketed gaming interests continue to flood the Capitol with lobbyists. A current proposal would allow a maximum of two casinos, one in a county of 650,000 and one with a population of 180,000. If passed, casinos would be required to pay a 20 percent tax. 50 percent of of the proceeds collected from gaming establishments would go toward HOPE, while 30 percent would be allocated for needs-based college grants and 20 percent would assist in funding rural healthcare.

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