Two recent public opinion surveys by Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications reveal that most Cobb County residents approve of the Atlanta Braves move from Downtown Atlanta to Cobb County. Cobb residents support the move by a margin 57 percent to 29 percent.

However, support declines throughout the rest of Metro Atlanta. Metro Atlantans oppose the Braves move to Cobb by a margin of 33 percent to 52 percent.

“Cobb County supports the move because they see benefits and recognition that will flow from it,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “From a political point of view, Republicans support the move even more than Democrats. Sixty-three percent of Republicans support the move while only 47 percent of Democrats say they do. This might provide political cover to that county’s Republican elected leadership who may have to work with economic development incentives.”

However, only 30 percent of Republicans say they favor Braves using taxpayer dollars to help build the Braves stadium, while 60 percent oppose. Cobb County and the Braves released a report on Nov. 14 that breaks down the cost for the new Braves stadium, which will cost $672 million.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.