Polls are being taken and signatures are being collected. Some say a new city incorporation would be bad for the parish of East Baton Rouge. St. George would benefit by being able to keep it’s tax dollars closer to home.
People on both sides of the issue are fighting to persuade minds to their side. The Public Policy Research Lab at LSU conducted a poll with some key findings:
- In East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish, just over 1 in 4 registered voters (28.6%) support the City of St. George movement, whereas 1 in 2 residents are opposed (49.5%) and 1 in 5 residents (21.3) are unsure.
- Support is higher amongst residents of the proposed City of St. George, at 39.7%, with 34.9% in opposition, and 1 in 4 (24.5%) are unsure.
- Not all registered voters in EBR Parish were aware of the St. George issue. 45% of the voters were very aware, 22% were somewhat aware, and nearly 1 in 3 (32.3%) were not at all aware.
- Voters who live in the proposed St. George area were more likely to be aware; 58% were very aware, 25% were somewhat aware.