Georgia Still Closely Divided; Walker Top Possible GOP Senate Candidate

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PPP’s new Georgia poll finds that the state continues to be very closely divided, and that Herschel Walker seemingly starts out as the strongest potential Republican candidate for the Senate next year.

Georgians are about evenly split on their feelings about both Joe Biden’s performance (46% approve, 48% disapprove) and Raphael Warnock’s (43% approve, 42% disapprove.) Not a lot of minds have changed about either of them since their razor thin victories. Donald Trump fares a little worse with 43% giving him a positive favorability rating and 48% a negative one, but his hold on the GOP is secure with 83% of Republicans rating him favorably and only 11% unfavorably.

Herschel Walker looks like the strongest of the most discussed Republican candidates with the party base. He has a 72/7 favorability rating with GOP voters. By contrast Kelly Loeffler has much higher negatives, coming in at 56/21, and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is largely unknown with 67% of Republicans saying they don’t know enough about him to have an opinion either way.

Walker is also the strongest of the Republican hopefuls with the overall electorate. Among all voters he has a +13 favorability rating (41/28) compared to -19 for Loeffler (28/47). Black comes in even at 15/15.  By comparison, Warnock’s approval stands at 43/42.

The Senate race next year is likely to once again be a tossup.  Walker comes the closest to Warnock, trailing by 2 points at 48-46. Loeffler’s deficit is 47-44 and Black’s is 46-38.

After years of speculation about whether it would trend that way Georgia clearly entered the ranks of the battleground states with its closely contested elections across the board in 2018 and 2020. These early numbers suggest that new found competitiveness is here to stay, and that Walker may be the best hope for Republicans to get on the right side of a close race after ending up on the wrong side of them in 2020.

PPP interviewed 622 Georgia voters on August 4th and 5th. The margin of error is +/-3.9%. Full results here

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