Supporters of Amendment 2, which would levy a $10 car tag fee to finance an $18 million-a-year statewide trauma network, say they have internal polling that now shows a majority of Georgia voters in favor of the measure on Tuesday’s ballot.
Jane Langley, spokeswoman for Yes 2 Save Lives, said polling of 500 registered voters statewide produced the following results:
– Yes, 52 percent — up from 48 percent last week;
– No, 37 percent – down from 45 percent last week;
The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies. MOE is +/- 4 percentage points.
Yes 2 Save Lives, financed by the states business and medical communities, has blanketed the state with some powerful 30-second TV spots.
But it hopes to seal the deal with a 60-second radio ad that touts support from two candidates for governor: Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican Nathan Deal.
Here’s the script:
Female narrator: You don’t find candidates agreeing on much these days.
Male narrator: But we have a Republican, Nathan Deal, and a Democrat, Roy Barnes, both saying vote yes on Amendment 2.
Female narrator: They both agree. Yes on 2 saves lives.
Male narrator: But this is not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of life and death. You see, Georgia loses nearly a thousand lives a year just because we don’t have enough trauma centers. Roy Barnes learned that first hand when his daughter and granddaughters were in a car accident a few weeks ago. He knows it could happen to anyone.
Female narrator: And Nathan Deal also says yes on 2.
Male narrator: Trauma care funds will be safe from politicians. The money is locked away, protected by our constitution.
Female narrator: Barnes, Deal and Georgians agree. Yes on 2 saves lives.
Male narrator: And the money is safe from politicians.