Louisville, KY (PRWEB) February 12, 2013
A statewide poll of Kentucky residents released today shows Kentuckians are strongly opposed to expanding the sale of alcohol products like vodka, whiskey and wine to retail outlets like truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores and grocery stores. By an overwhelming margin, Kentuckians also said in the poll that alcohol products like vodka, whiskey and wine should not be sold in stores that allow children and teenagers on the premises. Kentucky voters also believe that increasing access to alcohol will lead to more increased levels of teen drinking and higher rates of problems caused by alcohol abuse.
The poll, commissioned by http://www.FACTKY.org and conducted by Harper Polling, asked 1,096 likely voters in Kentucky a series of questions concerning the sale of alcohol in the Commonwealth. The poll was conducted Feb. 7-8, 2013 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.96 percent.
“These poll results are clear,” said Gary Gerdemann, spokesman for FACTKy.org. “Kentuckians know that expanding alcohol sales to truck stops, convenience stores, dollar stores and grocery stores will lead to more teen drinking and more alcohol problems…and nearly 60 percent of Kentucky voters are against it.”
Kentuckians responding to the poll also showed an interest in the livelihood of locally owned mom-and-pop liquor stores that provide jobs to residents in the state. Over half of respondents said that allowing truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores and grocery stores to sell liquor and wine would hurt mom-and-pop liquor stores and cost Kentucky jobs.
The poll showed that the majority of Kentuckians are against the expansion of alcohol sales, especially when it concerns liquor and wine being within easy reach of the state’s youth. With nearly 600 available liquor licenses in Kentucky, two thirds of respondents (66 percent) said they are not in favor of allowing establishments where underage minors frequently shop or work receive licenses.
“Judge Heyburn was clear in his stay ruling,” Gerdemann said. ”He was giving the Kentucky Legislature time to take action before the Court of Appeals could uphold his decision and prevent this dramatic change in alcohol policy from occurring. We urge the legislature to take action and prevent the largest increase in alcohol outlets in the Commonwealth since Prohibition ended.”
Kentuckians who are concerned about this issue are urged to visit http://www.FACTKY.org to learn more about the issue and to take action. The website will help people connect with their lawmakers and voice their opinion on the issue.
Following are the six questions asked of Kentuckians across the state and their responses.
Q: Currently, the sale of most alcohol products like vodka, whiskey and wine is restricted to liquor stores and some drug stores in Kentucky. Do you believe the state should allow the sale of this kind of liquor in other stores, such as truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores, and groceries?
Q: There are about 600 available liquor licenses in Kentucky. Are you in favor of those licenses going to truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores, and groceries where teenagers frequently shop and work?
Q: Do you believe alcohol products like vodka, whiskey and wine should be sold only by adults, to adults and only in stores that do not allow children and teenagers?
Q: Do you believe expanding hard liquor sales to truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores, and groceries will lead to increased levels of teenage drinking?
Q: Who do you agree with more – people who want to sell vodka, whiskey, and wine in truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores, and groceries, or people who say allowing such sales will hurt mom-and-pop liquor stores and cost Kentucky jobs?
Allow in grocery 44.74%
Hurt mom-and-pop 55.26%
Q: Who do you agree with more: people who say allowing wine and hard liquor sales in truck stops, gas stations, dollar stores, and groceries will be more convenient for consumers, or people who say that increased access to wine and hard liquor will lead to higher rates of problems related to alcohol abuse?
Increased problems 58.21%
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FACT is a broad group of organizations, law enforcement and individuals who share a common concern for the safety and well being of all Kentuckians when it comes to the sale and usage of alcohol. The coalition formed as a direct result of the U.S. District Court ruling claiming that Kentucky’s current law regulating the retail sale of alcohol violates the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because it does not allow gas stations, truck stops and grocery stores to sell liquor. For more information on FACT please visit http://www.FACTKy.org.