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State of the State poll released by Georgia College

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Georgia College & State University has released a State of the State poll that asked 500 adults across Georgia a range of questions.

The results focus on key issues facing the state and information about political leaders.

"Key highlights from respondents include that Georgians are optimistic about the direction of the state," said Dr. Costas Spirou, Georgia College professor and chair of the Department of Government and Sociology. "We also found that jobs, education and health care are the three most important issues facing the state."

The poll reveals that more than half think the state is moving in the right direction. Jobs ranked the most important issue facing the state at 37 percent, while education (23 percent) and health care (14 percent) followed.

The poll also found that most Georgians believe the state's economy will be in about the same condition a year from now (42 percent). Thirty-five percent felt it would get better, and 17 percent thought it would get worse.

The poll also highlighted the most trusted politicians in the state, Gov. Nathan Deal and former Gov. Roy Barnes.

The data also shows that 41 percent of Georgians "strongly oppose" the Affordable Care Act. Only 25 percent strongly favored the new law.

The survey was conducted by a random telephone survey between Feb. 5 and 18, 2014.

For the complete results and more information, click here.

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