ATLANTA -- Two-thirds of Georgians disapprove of the job President Barack Obama is doing, and more than half feel their personal financial situation is worsening, according to a survey released Thursday by InsiderAdvantage for Morris News and WAGA-TV in Atlanta.
When it comes to the sequester of federal funds, 37 percent are supportive while 38 percent oppose it. Another 26 percent are undecided.
InsiderAdvantage used automated telephone surveys of 741 voters Monday for a 3.8 percent error margin. It also asked the same questions of 346 voters on the social-media website Facebook Sunday and Monday with twice the error margin but essentially the same results.
A similar national poll conducted by Economist YouGov conducted last week and also released Thursday showed 61 percent of Americans surveyed believe the country is on the wrong track and just 24 percent on the right one.
The Georgia telephone poll shows that 61 percent of young voters 18-29 years old, 60.5 percent of blacks and 64 percent of Democrats agree with Obama while a majority of all other demographic and political groups disapprove. Among white Georgians, 71 percent disapprove of the job he’s doing.
On the economy, a plurality of every group except blacks and Democrats see things getting worse.
As the Dow Jones Industrial Average enjoys record gains, the survey results suggest that most people are still not feeling optimistic. The fact that they are evenly divided about the sequestration, with one-fourth undecided, suggests that it may be causing considerable unease and uncertainty, two conditions that generally cause economic slowing.
Political incumbents may also see warning signs in the survey results because unhappy voters tend to punish those in office.
One group that may see good news in the results is the polling industry. The decline in landline telephones has worried many observers that getting representative respondents is more difficult since cellphone owners are less accessible.
With the social-media results matching the telephone findings, InsiderAdvantage may have found an effective, new survey technique.
“While we continue to believe the automated phone system of collecting responses to surveys will remain a highly utilized and very reliable source of polling data, it is clear that large social-media organizations, such as Facebook, as well as privately collected online data, will ultimately become the primary source of accurate political and public opinion research both nationally and in Georgia,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery. “The firm will continue to use both methods of polling.”