ACLU of Georgia Releases Poll Showing Voters More Likely to Support Candidates Who Take Strong Positions Favoring Smart Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26, 2018
Contact: media@acluga.org

ATLANTA — The ACLU of Georgia released the results of a statewide survey regarding the voter preferences regarding candidate positions on criminal justice reform. When given a choice between two candidates with starkly different views on criminal justice reform, 82% of likely Georgia voters would choose a “smart justice” candidate who believes that our criminal justice system can be made fairer, safer, and cheaper through ending mass incarceration and reducing racial disparities.

“Large majorities of voters are more likely to support a candidate who broadly supports criminal justice reform,” stated Andrea Young, Executive Director of the ACLU of Georgia, “and who backs that up with strong stances on reducing racial in disparities in the criminal justice system, ending the war on drugs, ending police abuse, and reducing incarceration.

Below are the poll results findings.

  1. Large majorities of voters are more likely to support a candidate who broadly supports criminal justice reform and who backs that up with strong stances on reducing racial disparities in the criminal justice system which means ending the war on drugs, abusive police practices, and mass incarceration.

  2. Candidates supporting criminal justice reform receive very high support from growing voter blocks (such as millennials), key groups for successful campaigns (African American women), and strong support from segments of voters that conventional political wisdom would say opposes criminal justice reform.

  3. A majority of voters choose a reform-focused, or “smart justice”, candidate over a traditional candidate.  

Click here to view the poll results memo on SmartJusticeGA.org.

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