A new poll released today shows nearly 60 percent of Hoosiers support allowing retail sales of alcohol on Sundays.
The Public Opinion Strategies poll shows 58 percent of Hoosiers support Sunday sales while only 39 percent are opposed.
Indiana lawmakers are currently debating whether to allow retail alcohol sales on Sundays. House Public Policy Committee Chairman Tom Dermody is sponsoring a bill that would allow Sunday sales from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and lift restrictions on what can be sold in liquor stores
Support goes across party lines with 54 percent of Republicans supporting Sunday sales, 57 percent of Independents and 65 percent of Democrats.
Across three of the state’s four regions, support for Sunday sales was near the 60 percent mark; 60 percent in central Indiana, 59 percent in Eastern and 61 percent in northwest Indiana. In the southern part of the state support and opposition was tied at 49 percent each.
And when broken down by age, only those 65 and over opposed Sunday sales by 55 percent, with all other age groups support was at least 60 percent. 18-34 years supported Sunday sales by 71 percent.
The poll was commissioned by Americans for Prosperity. The poll survey 500 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-4.38%.
Indy Politics spoke with local AFP Director Chase Downham to find out why they commissioned the poll and what they hoped the results will be. You can hear that conversation below.
A poll commissioned by WISH-TV and Ball State last year showed 52 percent of Hoosiers supported Sunday alcohol sales, while 46 percent opposed.