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St. George study finds mixed results

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 5:11 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Dec 16, 2013 5:22 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: city of st. george, public policy lab, st. george

BATON ROUGE - A new study on the proposed City of St. George shows mixed results for those who live in East Baton Rouge Parish.

From late October to mid-November, the Public Policy Research Lab at LSU randomly surveyed more than 1,000 registered voters in East Baton Rouge.

"Nearly a majority of people are opposed to the idea," said Michael Climek, operations manager at the research lab. "Relatively small number in the parish support the idea, 28.1 percent, and nearly 50 percent oppose it."

But there's more to the numbers: a large percentage of voters were unsure about the new city.

"Both sides can see it as a win," Climek said. "If they flip the 'don't knows' to their side, they could see a plurality."

They also found that a main concern for those who support the proposed new city are more concerned about crime than they are about creating a new school district. They said crime and drugs were the main concern, and education placed second.

Organizers for the proposed City of St. George said they are reviewing the study and will comment on its findings later this week.

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