Poll: Support for Sunday alcohol sales stronger among Republicans, independents

Public Policy Polling of North Carolina on Wednesday published some leftovers of its Georgia survey. See the crosstabs here.

Among the tidbits:

– Voters of all party stripes (56%) agree that alcohol sales should be legal on Sundays. But surprisingly, the measure is more popular with independents (60%) and even Republicans (57%) than with Democrats (53%).

– One reason is that African-American voters (53%) were less enthusiastic about Sunday sales than white voters (59%).

– Another surprise: Younger people aged 18 to 29 were less caught up in the idea (51% approved) than those 30 to 45 (61%) or those 46 to 65 (63%). Senior citizens were the only age group opposed to the measure.

The PPP poll also indicates we like our politicians best when they’re out of office. Former U.S. senator Sam Nunn measured out as the most popular figure in the state. Right behind him was another former senator – and governor — Zell Miller.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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38 comments Add your comment

Tom

April 7th, 2011
2:08 pm

Opposition from seniors isn’t surprising. They’re still upset over the whole desegregation thing, too.

Mike

April 7th, 2011
2:10 pm

Black people aren’t real Democrats anyways.

Tom

April 7th, 2011
2:10 pm

And wasn’t it Republican Senator Judson Hill’s district that polled nearly 4:1 among likely GOP primary voters in favor:opposition to Sunday sales?

Not that Hill gave a damn, of course.

joe

April 7th, 2011
2:13 pm

Ah yes, the Dems…always trying to impose their will with their policies and beliefs–I don’ t own a gun so neither should you. I don’t want to buy alcohol on Sunday so neither should you. I don’t believe in God so neither should you. I don’t drive an SUV so neither should you. I don’t make any money so neither should you.

Very True

April 7th, 2011
2:14 pm

Mike is actually right. Most black people are very socially conservative even though they vote Democratic.

BW

April 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

Very True

Which kind of makes you wonder why the GOP needs to employ fear based tactics on a socially conservative group which is also what alot of Latinos are being Catholic and pro-life

Joe

Nice diatribe….one could easily insert Repubs wherever there is the word Dem and the diatribe still be correct

GaBlue

April 7th, 2011
2:35 pm

Perhaps our less-than-useful habit of labeling people (and ourselves) “conservative” or “liberal” would be more useful if we would stick the word “fiscal” and “social” before each use. Going a step further, any time somebody yammers about “freedom,” perhaps they should indicate for WHOM. I know very few people who favor freedom for everybody, though the answer to “for whom?” differs greatly.

Perhaps that would alleviate false assumptions and lead to a more constructive discourse. (Compulsive, chronic haters notwithstanding.)

jconservative

April 7th, 2011
2:37 pm

Mike – “Black people aren’t real Democrats anyways.”

Very True – “Mike is actually right. Most black people are very socially conservative even though they vote Democratic.”

There is a lot of truth in these two comments. For close to a 100 years blacks were a monolithic Republican voting bloc. Then with Goldwater and Reagan and the Republican “southern strategy”, blacks fled to the Democratic Party as a monolithic bloc.

Will blacks go back to the Republican Party in the future? If blacks retain the basic “social conservative” beliefs they do hold, maybe.
In 40 years this nation, and this state, will be majority “brown” with whites as just another minority. Will evangelical whites and evangelical “browns’ join to create a majority at the polls?

The combination has possibilities. But it would require both whites and browns to accept candidates from both groups as legitimate. And that would require a major shift in core beliefs. At present whites do not accept Obama as legitimate and most browns did not accept Bush 43 second term as legitimate. So there would need to be a change.

“The wind of change is blowing through this continent. Whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact.”

The above quote is from Conservative British Prime Minister Harold MAcMillan’s speech to the South African Parliament in Feb 1960. Change a couple of words and it fits the demographics of the ever changing American landscape.

BW

April 7th, 2011
2:42 pm

jconservative

My fear is that as this nation does continue to brown that certain parties will implement a scorched earth strategy to make sure everyone loses regardless of race instead having to bear the sight of brown people in real control

KILJOY

April 7th, 2011
2:44 pm

I’m not surprised that Republicans favor Sunday sales. If you’re a repuklican in this state you need to stay drunk to escape the goings on in your party.

seabeau

April 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

Alcohol! Worlds most Abused Drug!!

Joe Mama

April 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

Hey, Joe — I own firearms and I don’t care if you do, as long as you pass a background check and all your weapons are properly registered. I don’t buy alcohol, and I don’t care if you want to or not. I don’t believe in a god, but it doesn’t bother me if you do. I used to drive an SUV, but I traded it in for something more reliable and cheaper to drive and insure. And I have a good job, but I don’t know about you.

You sure do seem to be wound up, joe. Maybe you should try decaf.

Jeanne

April 7th, 2011
2:57 pm

Joe,

I’m a senior citizen and a Democrat and do not oppose Sunday alcohol sales. And I don’t impose my beliefs on other people.

So don’t stereotype all Democrats, you sound snarky.

Last Man Standing

April 7th, 2011
2:59 pm

Joe Mama:

“and all your weapons are properly registered”

Are you sure you really want that?

ERB

April 7th, 2011
3:15 pm

Joe- Sorry, you’re confused about which party forces it’s will on the other. Republicans (or at least Republican politicians) are all for freedom for the people…unless they don’t agree with it. The Republican senators are against Sunday sales, so tried to force that belief on everyone else by trying to vote down SB10. Republicans are against abortion, so they try to force that belief on everyone (SR 153). The list goes on & on.

the original and still the best John Galt

April 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

Joe Mama- surely you don’t live in Georgia. If you did you’d know that there’s no need to register firearms here. The only licensing or registration required by law here is if you intend to carry a concealed weapon. You are then required to obtain a Georgia Weapons License from your County Probate Judge.

Atlanta Native

April 7th, 2011
3:37 pm

Sam Nunn – Now there is a Democrat I would have voted for and campaigned for, eagerly. He is the type of person who should be President because he would not embarrass the country like the last three clowns we have elected.

LawDawg

April 7th, 2011
3:38 pm

There is no way this poll is correct. Only 51% of 18-29 years olds support it? Maybe the wording was confusing? As a 29 year old, I can tell you that 100% of people my age that I know are supportive of allowing sales on Sunday.

Atlanta Native

April 7th, 2011
3:43 pm

LawDog – the problem with these surveys is most people don’t respond. It only gets the opinions of people who have nothing else to do but answer stupid questions on a 0 to 10 scale.

Chuck

April 7th, 2011
3:47 pm

What I don’t get is why they won’t put this to a vote and then vote for their constituency. Majority rules. This is just like the Washington Republicans from 2009-2010 and the Wisconsin Democrats this year. Spine-less weasels in the minority who want to impose their will on others by refusing to bring issues to a vote. This time the weasels are red and blue, but they’re still a minority and they’re still spine-less!

Very True

April 7th, 2011
4:07 pm

I can speak from experience. As a black person, almost all of the other black people I know are socially conservative, including my parents. I however, am much more socially liberal than they are. Black people tend to vote for Democrats since there is a belief the Democrats have a better ear to their issues and are more understanding than Republicans. However, one would not know this when speaking to what one thinks about alcohol sales, abortion and marriage equality, for example. In addition, the church is the center of the black community, hence where these socially conservative views come from.

UpU.S.tooter

April 7th, 2011
4:10 pm

Zell can’t hold Sam Nunn’s jock….

Troglodyke

April 7th, 2011
4:17 pm

Ah yes, the Dems…always trying to impose their will with their policies and beliefs–I don’ t own a gun so neither should you. I don’t want to buy alcohol on Sunday so neither should you. I don’t believe in God so neither should you. I don’t drive an SUV so neither should you. I don’t make any money so neither should you.

What state do you live in? Joe Mama and Jeanne are right. Republicans are WAY more about controlling what other people do than Dems.

I’m a lesbian atheist gun owner who votes Libertarian or (sadly) Democrat when a good Libertarian candidate is not available. I leave people to their own beliefs as long as they leave me alone. Unfortunately, the Republicans won’t stop passing laws to deny me rights. The Democrats thus far have left me alone, except taxing me to death (but Repubs do that, too).

Troglodyke

April 7th, 2011
4:18 pm

Sorry…only meant to italicize the first paragraph.

Joe Mama

April 7th, 2011
4:28 pm

Last Man Standing — “Are you sure you really want that?”

Yes, I do. I want that very much.

In the words of those who supported warrantless wiretapping, ‘I’ve got nothing to hide.’

Very True

April 7th, 2011
4:30 pm

Troglodyke: Great post. I can understand where you’re coming from.

Joe Mama

April 7th, 2011
4:31 pm

John Galt — “Joe Mama- surely you don’t live in Georgia. If you did you’d know that there’s no need to register firearms here.”

I don’t know where Joe resides, or what the legal requirements are where he lives. I didn’t speak about my weapons, I spoke of Joe’s.

Any other conclusions you’d care to jump to, sir? :)

Really

April 7th, 2011
4:35 pm

I still can’t figure out why black people hate Martin Luther King, if they liked him and believed in him then they would be republican like him….just sayin…

Joe Mama

April 7th, 2011
4:38 pm

What Troglodyke said. And I dig her handle.

My wife likes to post as “Ho Chi Mindy” on conservative boards sometimes, just to give the regulars the vapors.

Tommy Gunn

April 7th, 2011
4:48 pm

Heck, I wish we had Zell in the Gov’s mansion and Sam in the White House. We would SEE some REAL change or someone would be explaining why!

hotlanta

April 7th, 2011
4:49 pm

If white people have a marijauna plant in their truck ya know it’s a keg back there as well.

Bobby Anthony

April 7th, 2011
5:09 pm

UpU.S.tooter I do not think Zell wants to hold Sam Nunn’s jock, and I don’t think Sam wants him holding on to it.

Bemused

April 7th, 2011
5:18 pm

Ironic, that the right-wing loves local control — until it means locals actually get to vote on something the Christianists oppose. But then again, they don’t really understand irony or hypocrisy. After all, these are people who think Rush and Hannity are intellectuals.

the original and still the best John Galt

April 7th, 2011
5:29 pm

Joe Mama, I stand corrected.

We return you now to your regular programming.

Dawsonville

April 7th, 2011
7:31 pm

“The PPP poll also indicates we like our politicians best when they’re out of office.”

Yep, I will like Barack Obama more when he is out of office.

Ashley

April 7th, 2011
8:04 pm

People can believe what they want to believe, but verily I say unto you most are hypocrite. These so-call Christians white and black enthrall everyone with the belief that Sunday is the Sabbath and we should rest because its the Lords day, but should’nt everyday be the Lords’ day? I’ve been to plenty shopping malls on Sunday and believe me when I tell you those Baptist know how to spend the money, but I guess money should only be spent on the so call righteous merchants and not the devils brew….what a bunch of hogwash. Live and let live ,and I’ll drink to that any day of the week.

Ashley

April 7th, 2011
8:24 pm

Like I said @very true ,bunch of hypocrites, for all there purported Christian values, baby mama’s and absentee fathers run rampant in the black community.

Mike

April 8th, 2011
9:54 am

I don’t think ANYONE should be allowed to own or carry a firearm unless they have passed a police-certified weapons training course. I don’t want some drunken nut going all John Wayne in a crowded establishment.