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Poll: Most Hoosiers Support Repeal Of Sunday Alcohol Sales Ban

Posted On November 10, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Muncie, Ind.) – More than half of people in Indiana want to be able to buy beer and wine on Sundays, but there are a tiny bit fewer this year.

The latest Old National Bank/Ball State University 2017 Hoosier Survey shows that 58 percent of people in the state support Sunday sales. That’s down from 59 percent in the same survey in 2014.

The survey also asked about cold beer sales in the state. Sixty-one percent of Hoosiers want to be able to buy a cold six pack at the grocery store or gas station.

Ball State researchers surveyed 600 adults living in Indiana. The survey has a margin of error of +/-5.3 percent.

Indiana is among 12 states that still have a law on the books prohibiting the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays. Numerous attempts to have state lawmakers repeal the Prohibition-era law have failed in past years.

The 2018 legislative session, however, could be different. State Senator Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) last month announced plans to present legislation to legalize Sunday sales. The proposal, born of discussions held by an interim study committee, has the support of some liquor store owners, who have typically lobbied against lifting the Sunday sales ban.

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