Anti-incumbent fervor may be prevalent with Georgians’ at the federal level, but at least one new survey indicates that dissatisfaction doesn’t extend to state leadership.
The poll, commissioned by the state House Republican Caucus and conducted Public Opinion Strategies, pegs Governor Nathan Deal’s job approval at 54 percent with all voters and 72 percent amongst Republicans. The General Assembly gets favorable marks from 47 percent of those surveyed and 58 percent when narrowed down to Republicans.
Comparatively, just 42 percent of likely general election voters, and 5 percent of Republicans, approve of President Obama’s job performance. Congress’s favorability dwindles to 11 and 10 percent, respectively.
In comments to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, House Speaker David Ralston noted it was the first poll commissioned by the caucus in a decade and speculated it meant bad news for Governor Deal’s two primary challengers.
“They view what’s going on in here in this General Assembly in a positive light,” he stated. “They approve of the governor’s performance. I’ve been wondering if one of his (primary) opponents would reach double digits; now I’m wondering if together they’ll reach double digits.”
The poll was conducted from November 20-25th and surveyed 500 general election voters and 400 GOP primary voters, an oversample, and carries a margin of error of 4.38 percent.