Would Sunday sales pass in Savannah?

Thanks to Peach Pundit for their post regarding a recent poll gauging support for Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia. As most of you presumably know, local municipalities in Georgia now have the right to vote at the polls on whether to allow Sunday package sales within prescribed afternoon hours. No word yet if the initiative will be on Savannah ballots in November.

The poll by Hicks Evaluation Group and Guided Precision Services can be viewed in a PDF here.

Based on 344 responses in the random telephone poll, Savannahians oppose Sunday sales 53.8% to 46.2%.

I share that data with a number of provisos.

A telephone poll might have reached an older demographic less likely to support Sunday sales. Even some who oppose the sale of alcohol on Sundays might nevertheless vote to give local businesses the right (Gov. Deal says he opposes Sunday sales but signed the bill allowing the local referendums). The Savannah respondents were more than 60% women, which might have impacted the numbers. The poll was conducted before any sort of public campaign by either those pro or con. The poll only included responses from those who had voted in two of the last three elections (2006, 2008, 2010), and so might have downplayed the number of young voters.

I think Sunday sales would pass relatively easily in Savannah, but this poll will embolden opponents and signal to supporters that they might have some work to do.

2 comments for “Would Sunday sales pass in Savannah?

  1. matthew
    May 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Goodness I HOPE this passes in Savannah, though its a political hot potato. It amazes me that in a region that constantly questions the role of ‘big government’, they are also equally willing to pass laws that limit the rights of others. Never mind the unnatural obsession we have with alcohol and drugs in general. Why can’t I take a half finished bottle of wine out of a resturant? The public is better served if I drink it fast and drive home? I guess same theory as to its better to drink at a restaurant on Sunday than at home. And my goodness if live music is playing, better kick out the kiddies. Oh, and we want less government intrusion in our lives.

  2. Gunner
    May 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    The conservative movement is organizing across the state on this issue. It will not be a cake walk. Keeping folks in the polling booth long enough to vote on this issue will be tough for the folks who want to see it pass. The “moral majority” crowd are used to voting all the way down the ballot. If folks want to see this passed they need to start campaigning for it now.

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