Mayor responds to 11Alive T-SPLOST poll, releases separate numbers

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Video: Final push toward TSPLOST vote

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ATLANTA -- City of Atlanta officials have released their own polling data regarding the upcoming transportation referendum, and say their numbers indicate greater support for the proposed tax than shown in an exclusive 11Alive News poll released Monday.

The city's poll, conducted by Hill Research Consultants, says 44 percent of Fulton and DeKalb county residents say they would vote to approve the proposed one-percent transportation sales tax. The same polls says nearly half of residents in Cobb and Gwinnett counties - 48 and 49 percent respectively - say they would vote to reject the proposed tax.

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The city's total poll numbers show 38% support T-SPLOST and 41% are against, with a 3% margin of error that would put the votes in a dead tie.

Deputy Communications Director Reese McCranie told 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom that the city was not planning on releasing their polling data at this point, but opted to do so in light of 11Alive's polling data.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says it is important that people know that this race is not over, and that there is far more support for the referendum than some media outlets would have people believe.

"There was never a set of circumstances where this was going to pass by more than 54%," Mayor Reed said. "This was always going to be hard."

Ramping up Efforts

With only two weeks until election day, both sides are preparing to campaign even harder in the final stretch.

Untie Atlanta has set up phone banks to educate voters on projects in their area.

"Our plan is to turn out 'yes' voters, people who want to fix traffic. And if we get those folks to the polls and convince them not to stay home, they really can make a difference," said Untie Atlanta spokesman Burt Brantley.

"We've got to make sure that they hear from us over the next two weeks," he added.

Fayette County commissioner Steve Brown is head of Transportation Leadership Coalition, LLC, one of the leading opponents of T-SPLOST. 

"We are just a group of local county politicians, housewives, doctors, janitors who have actually looked at this program, done a lot of research, and we are punching holes all in this program," he said, also pledging to continue to "spread the word."

To view a sample ballot, go to the Georgia Secretary of State website and sign in as a registered voter. Click "sample ballot" to read the exact T-SPLOST wording and view others items up for vote.

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