Public Policy Polling's newest Georgia survey finds a tight race for the US Senate. Republican David Perdue is at 45% to 43% for Democrat Michelle Nunn. Libertarian Amanda Swafford is polling at 5%, which would be enough to send the contest into a January runoff if it remains this close. Swafford's support could reflect residual unhappiness among voters who supported one of Perdue's opponents in the Republican nomination contest- 70% of them voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 compared to only 16% of them who voted for Barack Obama. They say they would support Perdue over Nunn 43/12 if they had to choose between the two, which would push Perdue's overall lead to 48/45.
Voters are pretty mixed in their feelings about both candidates. Nunn has a slightly better net favorability rating at -1, with 41% of voters giving her positive marks to 42% with an unfavorable opinion. Perdue comes in at -4 with 39% rating him favorably to 43% who have a negative view. One thing that may be aiding Nunn's competitiveness is the continued very positive legacy of her father- 54% of Georgians have a favorable opinion of former Senator Sam Nunn to only 20% with a negative one.
Republicans have leads of varying sizes in all the statewide races. In the contest for Governor Nathan Deal is at 46% to 41% for Democratic challenger Jason Carter. Libertarian Andrew Hunt is getting 4%, which based on Deal's current lead would not be enough to force the election into a December runoff. Voters are mixed in their feelings about both Deal and Carter as well. Deal has a 43/42 approval rating, and Carter's favorability stands at 39/36.
The GOP candidates lead all of the down ballot state races by margins ranging from 6 to 11 points. Casey Cagle is up 48/37 for Lieutenant Governor, Brian Kemp is up 48/39 for Secretary of State, Sam Olens, Gary Black, and Mark Butler are all up 45/36 in their contests for Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner, and Labor Commissioner respectively, Ralph Hudgens is up 41/34 for Insurance Commissioner, and Richard Woods is up 46/40 for State Superintendent.
Other notes from Georgia:
There is little desire in Georgia for a repeat Presidential bid by either of its native sons who ran in 2012. Just 27% want Cain to run again, to 57% who say he should sit it out. And for a Gingrich bid there's even more skepticism- only 21% think he should run to 64% who believe he should take a pass.
-A couple key issues where Georgians strongly side with the Democrats could be one piece of the puzzle explaining why the state is so competitive this year. 56% of voters support expanding Medicaid to only 33% who are opposed, and 56% also support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour to 38% who are opposed. Both of those things have around 90% support from Democrats, as well as from about 25% of Republicans.
-It was a tumultuous end of the season for the Atlanta Braves, and fans of the team are pretty mixed in their feelings about Fredi Gonzalez continuing on as manager. 40% say they approve of the job he's doing, to 28% who disapprove. Those numbers pretty closely mirror fan opinion on whether he should be back next year- 41% support his being retained to 27% who think he should have been replaced. There's less division when it comes to the firing of General Manager Frank Wren- 45% of fans say they're on board with that move to only 14% who disagree.
-As usual there is no contest when it comes to college loyalties in Georgia- 48% of voters in the state say they're Georgia fans to only 20% for Georgia Tech. Both fan bases are relatively happy with their football coach. Mark Richt has a 70/10 approval rating among Bulldog fans, while Paul Johnson is at 47/18 with Jackets fans.
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