Raleigh, N.C. – PPP continues to find Nathan Deal with pretty mediocre approval numbers. Only 36% of voters approve of him to 41% who disapprove. That's nearly identical to the 37/40 spread we found for him in early December. Nevertheless Deal looks like a favorite for reelection. He would lead Jason Carter 46/38 and John Barrow and Kasim Reed 48/38 in hypothetical match ups. This may be a situation where Deal's unpopularity would let a strong Democratic candidate make the race competitive, but it would be hard for a challenger to actually get to 50%.
“Nathan Deal isn’t very popular,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But the Republican lean of the state makes him a favorite for reelection anyway.”
Our newest look at Saxby Chambliss' approval numbers probably confirms that he made the right choice by deciding to retire. Only 47% of Republicans are happy with the job he's doing to 31% who disapprove. It's hard to fight off a serious primary challenge when your numbers are under 50% in your party. Chambliss' overall approval is 35/41. Georgians aren't real big on any of their politicians- Johnny Isakson comes in at 37/39 and Barack Obama's at 45/53 in the state.