Nathan Deal's political standing has improved substantially since February, and he now looks like a more solid favorite for reelection. Deal's approval rating stands at a 44/32 spread. That +12 net approval is a 17 point improvement from February when just 36% of voters gave him good marks to 41% who disapproved. His numbers have improved with voters across the party spectrum, but particularly with independents who have gone from disapproving of him 31/43 to approving 51/28.
Deal has substantial leads over three different potential Democratic challengers we tested against him. He's up 13 points on Stacey Abrams at 47/34, 15 on Jason Carter at 48/33, and 20 on Scott Holcomb at 48/28. Carter is the only one out of this trio who we'd tested on a previous poll- in February he trailed Deal by only 8, so this represents a 7 point improvement for the Governor.
The key to Deal's large leads at this point is that he's up by anywhere from 18-27 points with independents, and he's getting more than 80% of the Republican vote while all the Democrats are stuck in the 60s when it comes to their share of their party's vote. Part of the reason for that is none of the Democrats we tested have more than 23% name recognition so if one of them got into the race it would likely tighten up, but at any rate Deal is already very close to 50%.
Obviously there's a lot of time left but Deal has improved his position substantially over the course of 2013 and is looking like a strong favorite for reelection.
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