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GEORGIANS SEE RECOGNITION AS TOP GAMES PERK

Georgians aren't overly proud their state is host to the 1996 Olympics, but they expect the state to benefit from international recognition, according to a new poll.

"We hear so much about Olympic visitors from other countries that Georgians seem to be basking in all the attention," said Gary Henry, director of the Georgia State University Applied Research Center.Each summer, beginning in 1992, the center has asked Georgians to rank possible benefits of the 1996 Games on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

Out of six possible benefits, Georgians gave international recognition an 8.4, an all-time high for the category. Recognition got the highest marks in all four polls.

The lowest scores went to increased tourism and Olympic facilities, both rated 7.3. Olympic facilities has consistently been the lowest perceived benefit.

The poll is a telephone survey of 821 Georgia residents who were randomly selected and interviewed between July 12 and 26.

The response rate was 79.3 percent, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

Their ratings for each of the six possible benefits: international recognition 8.4, increased tourism 7.3, economic impact 7.4, Olympic facilities 7.3, enhanced image 7.7, citizen pride 7.4.