On behalf of 11Alive, Survey USA has conducted an automated, statewide poll that shows Georgians willing to use taxpayer funds to help build a $1 billion – if it’s the only way to keep the Atlanta Falcons in downtown Atlanta.
The survey of 500 adult Georgians conducted Wednesday night shows that 47 percent oppose using hotel-motel tax funds to help build a new stadium. 43 percent favor it. 10 percent are undecided.
When asked if they would support the project if it’s “the only way to keep the Atlanta Falcons team playing in downtown Atlanta,” 54% supported it and 37% opposed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 and a half percent.
The 11Alive poll paints far rosier possibilities for a new Georgia Dome built via a public-private partnership with the Falcons and the NFL. A Journal-Constitution poll released just last week indicated 72 percent of Georgians opposed the measure – though the newspaper survey didn’t raise the possibility that the Falcons might leave their current home.
The football team hasn’t gone that far, but Georgia World Congress Authority officials have told lawmakers that a Falcons move to the suburbs is one of their concerns. Currently, in order to allow the state to pony up its $300 million share of the $1 billion project, the Legislature would have to approve an increase in the GWCA’s bonding capacity.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider