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Poll shows strong support for wine in grocery stores

1:21 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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Tennesseans who want wine sold in grocery and convenience stores outnumber those opposed by more than 2 to 1, according to a new poll released by Middle Tennessee State University.

Sixty-five percent of Tennesseans said that they are in favor, with only 24 percent opposed, according to an MTSU news release. The remainder said they don't know or refuse to answer.

The base of support for the wine measure stretches across demographics that are sometimes at odds, the release said.

Majorities of Democrats and Republicans, evangelical Christians and non-evangelicals, and the young and the old all favor allowing wine sales in groceries, convenience stores, and other stores that sell food.

"Previous analyses have indicated important differences in support for wine sales in groceries attributable to generational, religious, and political differences," associate poll director Jason Reineke said in a release. "But support really seems to have spread across the board at this point."

Polls in 2009 and 2011 showed similarly broad support for wider wine availability.

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