Georgia College 2018 State of the State Poll: Georgians positive about state’s economy, dissatisfied with public education

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Milledgeville, Dec. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Georgians remain positive about the state’s economy and say education and healthcare rank as the top issues facing the state, according to a recent poll conducted by Georgia College & State University.The Georgia College Department of Government and Sociology released its fifth edition of  (GSSP), which takes the pulse of residents on key issues. The poll focuses the economy, job performance of elected leaders and more.“Overall, Georgians continue to be optimistic about the direction of the state,” said Dr. Min Kim, co-author and interim chair of the Georgia College Department of . “Most respondents also say they are satisfied with
 the economic development efforts in their area.”However, the majority of Georgians are dissatisfied with public education and, like last year, would be willing to invest more money to improve the system. Only nine percent of Georgians report strong satisfaction with public education, with 24.9 percent indicating a strong dissatisfaction. Just over 65 percent of respondents say they’re willing to pay more taxes to improve education.As the legislature gears up for the new session in January, the poll found that just under half of Georgians (49.9 percent) support casino gambling in the state and 43.5 percent oppose it.About 72 percent favor legalizing medical marijuana. Almost half of the respondents were in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.For political leaders, Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval rating (54.6 percent) is higher than last year, as well as Sen. Johnny Isakson (42.7 percent) and the state legislature (44.7 percent). Sen. David Perdue’s approval rating is slightly lower than last year at 43 percent.Other findings include:

Cindy O'Donnell
Georgia College and State University

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Globe Newswire: 14:31 GMT Thursday 6th December 2018

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