Georgia College poll: Most Georgians back medical marijuana, casinos, Obamacare

More than three out of four Georgians support legalizing medical marijuana in the state, a statewide Georgia College poll says.
Most Georgians also think the state should legalize casino gambling, but most of them oppose a new state law allowing college students and others to carried conceal weapons on campus.
The poll also says most Georgians now support "Obamacare" -- the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress in 2010 -- a big jump from previous years.
Georgia College & State University on Thursday released its 2017 State of the State poll, which is produced by their Department of Government and Sociology.
Pollsters interviewed 494 randomly selected adults across the state.
The poll's margin of error is 4.4 points.
Some of the key findings:

77 percent of Georgians support legalizing medical marijuana, with 19 percent opposed. Support is up since 2015, when 64 percent were in favor and 31 percent opposed.
Macon state Rep. Allan Peake has campaigned for several years to broaden the state's cannabis-oil program and make more people eligibe. He's expected to push the issue again in the 2018 General Assembly.

The poll says 58.2 percent of Georgians want to legalize casino gambling and 30.4 percent are against it. Support is strongest in middle Georgia and weakest in the north part of the state.
Support is up several points since last year, when 51.3 percent backed casino and 42.2 percent said no.

More than half the Georgians polled -- 50.8 percent -- now support Obamacare. That's up from 36 percent in 2015 and 37 percent in 2016.
But 44.4 percent are still opposed.
By 2 to 1, most whites are still against Obamacare, but most blacks, Hispanics and others support it.

Georgians are still deeply split on same-sex marriages The poll says 44.9 percent think they should be legal but 44.6 percent are opposed. Support is up slightly since 2015, when 42.4 percent were in favor and 48.8 percent opposed.
Support for same-sex marriage is strongest among Hispanics, the poll says. 61 percent are in favor.

And Georgians opposed the state's campus-carry law by more than 2 to 1. The poll says 31.2 percent were in favor and 64.1 percent opposed.
White were slightly opposed (41 percent to 53 percent), but blacks were overwhelming against it (14 percent to 83 percent).
Also, 53 percent of men were opposed to the law, but nearly 73 percent of women.

Georgians remain positive about the state's direction and are positive about the economy. They say the biggest issues facing the state are education and the economy.
 

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