ATLANTA — Georgians spread the blame among state and local officials and agencies for the traffic problems caused by Tuesday’s snowstorm, according to a survey released Thursday.
The biggest group, 28 percent, said the “mayor or county officials in the affected areas” were the most to blame. Next came the Georgia Department of Transportation with 20 percent, followed by Gov. Nathan Deal at 15 percent. Because the online poll was conducted statewide by OpinionSavvy, individual mayors weren’t listed by name.
Only 12 percent said weather forecasters had fallen down on the job.
Just 34 percent approved of Deal’s handling of the state response, while 49 percent disapproved and 17 percent had no opinion.
The InsiderAdvantage/Morris News survey of 434 Georgians, performed Wednesday, had a 4.6 percent margin of error.
InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery noted that more Republicans disapproved of Deal’s job than Democrats, 52-34, though he has generally enjoyed strong support from his party in past polls.
The poll also showed continued weakness among two demographic groups that have always been less supportive of Deal. Sixty percent of independents and 46 percent of women disapproved of his response.
Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, said it’s unfair to blame anyone, although he acknowledges some roads could have been salted sooner.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got a lot of drivers who aren’t experienced driving in these conditions,” he said, adding that having everyone hit the road at once compounded the problem since ordinarily the commuting period is spread over several hours.