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Georgia poll blames 'shutdown' on Democrats

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 12:56 PM
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ATLANTA — A plurality of Georgians blames Democrats for the shutdown of the federal government and favors repeal of the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll of registered voters.

The survey of 1,000 active voters was conducted Tuesday and has a 3 percent margin of error.

“You would expect Republicans to blame the Democrats. You would expect the Democrats to blame the Republicans. But if you isolate the independents, they are almost two-to-one in blaming the Democrats,” said Mark Rountree, the president of Landmark Communications, which conducted the poll in partnership with Rosetta Stone Communications.

It showed that 33 percent of those questioned blame President Obama for the shutdown, 13 percent blame the Democrats, who control the Senate – a combined 46 percent. On the other hand, 39 percent fault the Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, and 14 percent consider both sides equally culpable.

The overall tilt against Democrats may not be surprising in a state that has a pattern of electing Republicans, but a majority of people who consider themselves independent of the political parties also blame Democrats and want to scrap the federal health care reform law formally known as the Affordable Care Act and nicknamed “Obamacare.”

Among independents, 53 percent accuse Obama and the Senate Democrats while 29 percent condemn the action of the House GOP. Predictably, members of each party faulted the other.

When it comes to views on “Obamacare,” opinions still break along party lines. Among self-described independents, 53 percent favor defunding and repealing it while another 11 percent want it delayed for one year. Just 31 percent of these swing voters want it implemented.

Rountree said that 56 percent of the youngest voters, those ages 18-39, favor repeal. He speculates that it might because they will see their premiums rise the highest under the new law unless they qualify for a taxpayer subsidy.

“This is actually cutting into people that I think the Obama people didn’t expect,” he said, adding that young voters were a vital segment of Obama’s support.

National polls show a slight majority blaming Republicans for the shutdown and preferring to fund Obamacare than force the federal government to default on its debt. Rountree acknowledges that, but points out that in next year’s elections Republicans aren’t likely to be harmed either in Georgia or other states because House districts are so sharply aligned for one party or the other and the GOP Senate seats up for grabs in 2014 are all in conservative states.

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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/03/13 - 01:11 pm
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Georgia poll blames 'shutdown' on Democrats

OF COURSE GA. DOES!! GA. used to be heavily Democrat but now they would vote for a person with a dounce cap on if they professed to be a Republican!!

jfb
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jfb 10/03/13 - 01:13 pm
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Government shutdown

People have to make compromises, and the Democrats and the President have been totally unwilling to do so, so they get my vote for Democrats being at fault. If the President can unilaterally delay part of the health care law, why not allow other adjustments?

pelumaad
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pelumaad 10/03/13 - 01:14 pm
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He's "black"

GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 10/03/13 - 01:27 pm
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Obama is NOT a Black American

According to a 2007-08 national magazine they put him at 5/8 white-American & 3/8 African.

Besides what does race have to do with a bad TAX bill that was passed into law, BUT NEVER READ and a clear majority nationwide have come to understand is not the FREE bill of goods they were promised in exchange foe their support and votes?

The main person who wrote OBAMA CARE even called it a MESS now.

buford
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buford 10/03/13 - 01:37 pm
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Obama care

The gop has tried to repeal this over thirty times at the tax payers expense. please give it up and act like you have some sense , When the pubs get in office they can make the changes that are needed, but that makes to much sense. HUH
NOCNOC It is not a tax bill. Why is it that those who have insurance don't want others to have insurance? Do you have insurance NOCNOC?

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Riverman1 10/03/13 - 01:59 pm
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"OF COURSE GA. DOES!! GA.

"OF COURSE GA. DOES!! GA. used to be heavily Democrat but now they would vote for a person with a dounce cap on if they professed to be a Republican!!"

Maybe a Davey Crockett hat, but never a "dounce cap."

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 10/03/13 - 02:48 pm
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@buford

It's not about denying people affordable healthcare - it's about making sure if we as taxpayers are having to fund yet another program, that the program make sense and actually HELP people. Have another sip if you really think otherwise...

chascushman
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chascushman 10/03/13 - 02:47 pm
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'OF COURSE GA. DOES!! GA.
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'OF COURSE GA. DOES!! GA. used to be heavily Democrat"
Bledsoe, GA like SC was heavily democrat before the Marxists and communist took over the party. But some are to ignorant to understand what has happen.

chascushman
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chascushman 10/03/13 - 02:53 pm
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"He's "black" GET OVER
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"He's "black"
GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!"
pelumaad, Obama is 1/2 white. He is the results of the communist party recruiting young ignorant white girls with low morals to seduce black men into joining the communist party.

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 10/03/13 - 03:12 pm
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Seems to me that the ones

Seems to me that the ones that keep bringing up the fact he's "black" are the ones that need to get over it.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/03/13 - 03:16 pm
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I don't care

if he's purple. His governance has been lousy, and I am delighted to learn my fellow Georgians have seen through the Dims' nonsense!!

charlie marlow
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charlie marlow 10/03/13 - 03:28 pm
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Wow!

That was an interesting slant. The largest percentage in the poll blame House Republicans, but this article makes it sound damning for Democrats by lumping House Democrats with President Obama.

Does anything even need to be said about how proud Mr. Roundtree is of the way districts are drawn in GA to protect incumbents and certain parties?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/03/13 - 03:36 pm
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The Dems and president

The Dems and president originally wanted a single payer program. The individual mandate that is part of the law IS the COMPROMISE. That is the one feature that conservatives pushed based on ideas from the Heritage Foundation.

And what did Repubs do after the president and DEMS acquiesced by dropping their plans for a single payer? They walked away.

They are not honest brokers. Give them the moon, they move the goal post and ask for the whole universe.

Mrs. Merriweather
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Mrs. Merriweather 10/03/13 - 04:04 pm
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Only in GA! Get Over your selves

Wow most of the people that call themselves a republican can’t afford to be a republican and over half of those are from GA. I work in the benefits field and you would be amaze of how many people are against the OBAMA Care and they are all for the Affordable act care. (People,they are the same) People are against because President OBAMA is carrying through with it and not backing down. Guess what people, say what you like or dislike it but he is the President and got voted in two times. And yes his is Black but he is also WHITE. He is mix by his parents choice but some of us are mixed from generations because of master raping the black slaves. Some people should really think before they speak against something. Republicans are not for the people their whole agenda has been about President Obama from the start at our country expense. Republicans should be ashamed of what they have voted in.

Canada is looking like a nice court for some of you all to head to, since when He got voted in half the states didn’t want to be part of USA any more… lmao

chascushman
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chascushman 10/03/13 - 04:37 pm
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'He is mix by his parents
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'He is mix by his parents choice"
Ms. Merriweather, his being mixed is the results of the communist party recruiting young ignorant white girls with low morals to seduce black men into joining the communist party.

myfather15
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myfather15 10/03/13 - 04:59 pm
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Every person who has brought

Every person who has brought up RACE has been those on the LEFT. Shut up about it already!! You do realize we CAN disagree with this President and it have nothing to do with the color of his skin, right? Actually, you guys probably don't know that, because it's YOU who are ALWAYS thinking with RACE on your mind!!

Yes, we (conservatives) realize he is black!! We conservatives couldn't care less about his skin color!! Yes, we conservatives realize he is black. That has absolutely nothing to do with his policy making and RECORD spending spree.

Also, about the difference in Obamacare and Affordable Care act; the only people I've seen doing these questions are comedians!!

Even if it weren't comedians; you give me a microphone and let me go downtown and I will bet you a paycheck that I can pick out the idiots in the crowd without asking them a single question. I would be able to pick those who couldn't name a single founding father or who the President is. I could also edit the video and LEAVE OUT the intelligent people who knew the difference, only putting the morons in their, to show this Country as more racist!! Those on the left can believe that non-sense all they want, but this Country voted the man in TWICE, so I seriously doubt this Country is racist!! YOU GUYS need to get past the race issue; WE moved past it a long time ago!!

faithson
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faithson 10/03/13 - 05:21 pm
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33 percent of those questioned blame President Barack Obama

pleeeeeeaaassse.... that sounds about right anywhere you go... a full third of the populous really don't like this guy.... now taking them OUT of the equation because of their proclivities, the balance of regular citizens who are not side tracked by the cult of 'personality' tell the tale. of the 67% left, an overwealming majority blame the repub's. Now there is the story....

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 10/03/13 - 05:42 pm
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The door swings both ways

Some people should think before they speak FOR something, not just against it.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/03/13 - 06:05 pm
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Some of you
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lefties are so stupid (dounce cap) it's no wonder you had to elect a president from another country.

KSL
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KSL 10/03/13 - 07:14 pm
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Mrs. M

Just exactly how much do you think it costs to be a Republican?

I would like an answer if you are going to throw out inane statements like that.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/03/13 - 09:25 pm
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It won't be affordable...

remember when the government split up Southern Bell and AT&T to make it affordable? Who had affordable phone service? Remember when the government regulated the Natural Gas companies? Who had affordable gas? Remember that time you had to deal with any government office and you had great service that was quick and had no red tape? Yeah, me either. The scariest words you will ever hear? I'm from the government and I'm here to help....

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fedex227 10/03/13 - 09:38 pm
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Excellent examples GnipGnop ...

the breakup of the Bell System in 1982 under Ronald Reagan and the current regulated Natural Gas company controls enacted under George Bush in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. And we're the bad guys?

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/03/13 - 10:00 pm
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Neither party are the good guys....

they are both responsible...or rather irresponsible and holding us all hostage...more reason for my libertarian vote.

fedex227
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fedex227 10/03/13 - 10:08 pm
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Agreed ... no one comes out

smelling good on this one.

CARROTSABROAD
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CARROTSABROAD 10/04/13 - 03:50 am
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CLEARLY
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JESUS NEEDS US TO VOTE REPUBLICAN NOW MORE THAN EVER.
Genesis 38:9

GACopprhed
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GACopprhed 10/04/13 - 05:04 am
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Georgia, the state that outs
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Georgia, the state that outs Deal back in as Governor.....and conservatives in this forum talk about "cherry-picking" and skewed polls.......Really AC, you guys are funnier than Jimmy Fallon!

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KasparHauser 10/05/13 - 05:12 pm
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GA from Dems to GOP
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Yeah, GA used to be heavily Dem... until that party decided to kick out the bigots in the Civil Rights era and then Nixon found it profitable to implement the Southern Strategy.

The Talking Barbie whine of wingnut Republicans everywhere: "History is hard!"

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