Poll shows Georgia voters are worried, angry

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Heading into Tuesday's primary elections for governor, Rob Hainer is looking for the answer to just one question: Who is going to bring jobs to Georgia?

Candidates who focus on immigration, gay rights or anything else will lose his vote. "That's not important to me," said Hainer, 39, who lives in Hiram and works for his brother's construction company. "Everything falls in line if you get the jobs."

A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research for The Augusta Chronicle and 12 other members of the Georgia Newspaper Partnership found that across party, gender and racial lines Georgians head into the primaries worried about their economic futures and unhappy with the performance of their political leaders and institutions.

The poll found that nearly three of four Georgians are concerned about their household finances and job security, a sentiment that is casting a shadow over the state elections. The poll also found deep dissatisfaction with governmental leaders in Washington and Atlanta.

Fifty-two percent of Georgia's registered voters disapprove of President Obama's job performance, and 37 percent approve.

Clarence Miller's personal approval of Obama's job as president is "about 50-50," with the negative being two years without increases to the Social Security check the Augusta resident needs to pay for his medicine.

Obama still fares better than Congress in the minds of Georgia voters. The U.S. House and Senate together get only a 21 percent approval rating, with even Democrats showing their frustration with the institution their party leads.

Yet dissatisfaction with Con-gress only goes so far. As is often the case, voters give Congress low marks but are less upset with those who represent them: 47 percent of Georgia's registered voters approve of their congressional representative's job performance. Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson gets the same 47 percent approval rating.

On the state level, however, Gov. Sonny Perdue is given a positive job performance rating by 45 percent, although two-thirds of Republicans approve. And among women, 44 percent disapprove of the governor's performance.

That's a far less favorable picture than in early 2008, when another Mason-Dixon poll found that 66 percent of respondents rated the governor's performance as good or excellent.

Still, Perdue fares better than the General Assembly. Only 39 percent of voters give the Legislature positive job-approval ratings, and among Republicans only 45 percent say the House and Senate, both of which are controlled by their party, are doing a good job.

Brad Coker, the managing director of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, said the poll results confirm that many Georgians share Hainer's economic concerns.

"Everything pivots around the economy, and always number two is government spending and the deficit," Coker said. "This election is all about pocketbook issues."

Everything else, he said, is just noise this year. For example, while a large majority favor an Arizona-style immigration law for Georgia, and a majority support repealing the new federal health care law, when voters were asked their top issues, those topics fell by the side.

"Immigration is a sideshow; gay marriage is a sideshow; abortion is a side show," Coker said. "You want to get to the bulk of voters, you need to talk to them about pocketbook issues."

Kerwin Swint, a professor of political science at Kennesaw State University, said none of the top Republican candidates -- former U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, former Secretary of State Karen Handel, former state Sen. Eric Johnson and Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine -- has a clear edge when it comes to economic matters.

"You've got some pretty diverse candidates there, with different backgrounds," Swint said. "I don't really know if any of them can lay claim to particularly having a hand up in that area."

The poll found that south Georgia had the greatest percentage of voters -- 61 percent -- who said they are "very concerned" about their household finances and job security. Add to that the 17 percent of voters who say they are "somewhat concerned," and south Georgia shows an incredible amount of unease about personal finances.

Greg Dean, a 56-year-old Republican from Brunswick, said he believes the federal government has been leading the country into socialism.

"I've been self-employed all my life, and I've gotten to live the American dream," the computer programmer said. "The fact that people are giving up on that dream, thinking they're gaining security, is mind-boggling."

Kass Caraballo, a 47-year-old Republican in Kennesaw, is similarly frustrated. The real estate agent has seen her earnings slide with the housing market, and now her husband, a helicopter pilot in the Army, is getting ready to go to the Middle East.

"I think priorities are put in the wrong place for our tax dollars, and we're being taxed to death just to grow our government," she said. "We're using tax dollars to grow government, and we're cutting teachers and education and that is the future of our country -- our children and education."

Education is the reason the normally party-line voter says that she might support Democrat Roy Barnes for governor.

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get_involved
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get_involved 07/18/10 - 03:08 am
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Why is our government STILL

Why is our government STILL bringing in 1.5 MILLION foreign workers a year? http://www.americanworker.org/

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lsmith 07/18/10 - 03:11 am
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by REED ABELSON NEW YORK
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by REED ABELSON NEW YORK TIMES: Today

updated 7/17/2010 11:23:27 PM ET
Share Print Font: +-As the Obama administration begins to enact the new national health care law, the country’s biggest insurers are promoting affordable plans with reduced premiums that require participants to use a narrower selection of doctors or hospitals.
But large employers, as well, are starting to show some interest, and insurers and consultants expect that, over time, businesses of all sizes will gravitate toward these plans in an effort to cut costs.

The tradeoff, they say, is that more Americans will be asked to pay higher prices for the privilege of choosing or keeping their own doctors if they are outside the new networks. That could come as a surprise to many who remember the repeated assurances from President Obama and other officials that consumers would retain a variety of health-care choices

Liars! Obama Health is going to be a complete disaster. Between now and 2014 American insureds are going to find themselves forced to ditch their long relationships with doctors and hosptals as insurance companies financially penalize customers who desire to keep their current doctors. Low ball doctors and facilities who are willing to cut prices and quality of service will proliferate and care will go down the tubes. These shade tree doctors will be only admitted to the group networks after signing agreements to reduce prices and defer otherwise expensive tests and procedures for the privilege of being in their network. There is not going to be any more "err on the judgement side benefiting the patient".
This is bad and we have NOT seen anything yet.

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chascush 07/18/10 - 07:39 am
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‘Fifty-two percent of

‘Fifty-two percent of Georgia's registered voters disapprove of President Obama's job performance, and 37 percent approve.’ GA must be full of racist. Why else would they disapprove of Obama?

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justus4 07/18/10 - 07:41 am
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Blah, blah, blah. Here is an
Unpublished

Blah, blah, blah. Here is an approach to answering the poll: In the last election cycle, what percentage of polls had it correct and what percentage was totally wrong? Then, ask "How did U factor in your errors on this particular poll? Then question whether the "poll" actually reflect the diversity of the population and what percentage of that element was contacted. In other words, blah - blah - blah.

chascush
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chascush 07/18/10 - 07:59 am
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justice4, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’

justice4, ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ What a great job, now you sound just like Hussein. Congratulations!

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veggie-d 07/18/10 - 08:16 am
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if you don'tlike the current

if you don'tlike the current administration...you should be worried...because it WILL continue thru a second term...

where are all these "bad doctors/bad hospitals" that will be providing care thru the healthcare plan?...is obama going to train/build them?

or are they simply a product of the overimaginative/paranoid/aggressive right wing?...

chascush
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chascush 07/18/10 - 08:45 am
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It will be over in 2012. It

It will be over in 2012. It has already proven to be a failure but we can’t end it until 2012. But we will take Jesse Jackson’s advice about Hussein in 2010 and vote the DUMocrats out.

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bone1 07/18/10 - 09:18 am
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i can't wait to hear the rest

i can't wait to hear the rest of the world bemoan U.S. racism when obammy gets the boot in 2012. i so love knowing that we are finally ready to rise above worrying whether or not france thinks we are cool for having a black president.

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fatboyhog 07/18/10 - 09:58 am
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The economy is failing,

The economy is failing, illegals are coming into this country in droves, we have 2 wars going on, an out of control government, and lots of other stuff, but Clarence Miller's "personal approval of Obama's job as president is "about 50-50," with the negative being two years without increases to the Social Security check the Augusta resident needs to pay for his medicine." What??? The entitlement crowd is what is killing this country. Social Security is a "SUPPLEMENT" to retirement.

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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 11:09 am
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Some of this is

Some of this is non-newsworthy. For example, white Georgians have never approved of Obama and it makes no difference whether the number is 52% or 70%. The state only has 15 Electoral Votes and they were cast for loser John McCain.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 01:27 pm
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Mr. Clarence Miller rates

Mr. Clarence Miller rates Obama 50 - 50 and says he needs money to pay for his medicine. The Democrat's Healthcare Reform Bill should be helping him shortly.

http://www.healthreform.gov/reports/statehealthreform/georgia.html

Medicare beneficiaries in Georgia who hit the donut hole in prescription drugs this year will automatically be mailed a one-time $250 rebate check. These checks will begin to be mailed to beneficiaries in mid-June and will be mailed monthly throughout the year as new beneficiaries hit the donut hole. The new law continues to provide additional discounts for seniors on Medicare in the years ahead and completely closes the donut hole by 2020.

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corgimom 07/18/10 - 01:44 pm
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Justus---800 people were

Justus---800 people were surveyed with a error rate of 4% overall. The sample was split into two groups- likely to vote Republican/Democrat. In each group, the error rate was 5%.

If I could find that out, why can't you?

No mention was made of how the sample was generated. For all you know, it was 100% black.

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Brad Owens 07/18/10 - 02:59 pm
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But this doesn't translate

But this doesn't translate into a party getting the best benifit. Only that folks don't want incumbents.

Brad

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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 03:28 pm
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The conservative media

The conservative media prophesied incumbent Harry Reid's doom for months. But incumbents are hard to beat.

7/15/2010 - Harry Reid leads Tea Party darling, Sue Lowden in the latest poll numbers. The polling firm Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin and Metz, have just released the following numbers for the U.S. Senate Race in Nevada.

•Harry Reid 42% (D)
•Sue Lowden 35% (R)

http://yodasworld.newsvine.com/_news/2010/05/12/4272935-harry-reid-leads...

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veggie-d 07/18/10 - 07:01 pm
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just as the "tea party" sinks

just as the "tea party" sinks into its own muck...

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apex24 07/18/10 - 07:04 pm
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Gaspring, I guess Sue Lowden

Gaspring, I guess Sue Lowden is losing because she's not the GOP candidate, Sharron Angle is the GOP running against Dingy Harry. You're a good Leftist Liberal, all mouth and no facts. Oh yea, you might want to consider not using that liberal website you quoted. By the way, am I a racist since I showed a Leftist they were wrong???

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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 08:05 pm
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apex24 - You're correct.

apex24 - You're correct. Lefties are not usually wrong but they can get some bad scoop at times. Even Bush lied and said the intelligence was wrong - not him.

But to move on. US Senator Harry Reid was seven points ahead of Sue Lowden and now he's seven points ahead of Sharon Elaine Angle according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Rasmussen has a different number but they're always off in right field anyway.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/2010_nevada_senate_r...

Las Vegas Review-Journal
Date: 7/12 - 7/14
Reid 44% & Angle 37%

Rasmussen Reports
Date: 7/12 - 7/12
Reid 43% & Angle 46%

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharron_Angle
Sharon Elaine Angle (born July 26, 1949) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the Nevada Assembly from 1999 to 2005. She is the 2010 Republican nominee for the United States Senate seat in Nevada held by the current Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid.

apex24
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apex24 07/18/10 - 08:22 pm
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Gasp, you are truly a joke.

Gasp, you are truly a joke. All I'm going to say to that Rasmussen quote of yours is NOVEMBER. When your USA hating leftist Libs lose the House and Senate then see if you can quote something else other than "Rasmussen has a different number but they're always off in right field anyway"

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30cal 07/18/10 - 08:31 pm
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Be so cool if his BROTHER

Be so cool if his BROTHER replaced him with a illegal for 1/2 as much.
fools dont under stand deport the 400,000 illegals and you will have a boat load of jobs ,AND less drain on social services.MORE people(AMERICANS ) more taxes being paid,SIMPLE!

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Southern_Patriot 07/18/10 - 09:34 pm
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veggie-d you got it all

veggie-d you got it all wrong, "tea party" sinks in own muck? looks more like the demonazi party sinking to me

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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 09:50 pm
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apex24 - Nevadans need a

apex24 - Nevadans need a senior senator like Harry Reid and they can hardly afford to send some Tea Party amateur to Washington to represent them. Not with the whole country and especially South Carolina eager to dump nuclear waste on them. A heavyweight like Harry Reid can fight that off but some flyweight out of the Nevada legislature is not much of a defense.

Harry Reid brinks home the bacon too.

http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/US-Departments-of-Energy-and-Inter...

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gaspringwater 07/18/10 - 10:36 pm
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apex24 - Here's a November

apex24 - Here's a November forecast.

Las Vegas Sun

How the race has turned sour for Sharron Angle

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/18/how-race-has-turned-sour-sha...

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southernguy08 07/19/10 - 09:16 am
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I have a question and 2
Unpublished

I have a question and 2 statements. First, is this the same Roy Barnes that ignored 2 state referendums NOT to change the GA state flag and rammed it down our throats anyway? Second, funny how libs like JUSTUS think these polls are junk, but they believed them when they showed Obama would likely win in 08. Third, when opposition groups were forming all over the country to oppose Bush, the libs referred to them as "grass roots organizations." Now that groups are forming opposed to Obama's policies, the libs call them "hateful [filtered word]s." You can't have it both ways, guy. Sorry.

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crackerjack 07/19/10 - 10:33 am
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chascush
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chascush 07/19/10 - 12:51 pm
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crackerjack, good video

crackerjack, good video

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baronvonreich 07/20/10 - 11:23 am
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Clarence Miller's personal

Clarence Miller's personal approval of Obama's job as president is "about 50-50," with the negative being two years without increases to the Social Security check the Augusta resident needs to pay for his medicine.
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This sums up much of what is wrong with America. The greatest errrr greediest generation and their offspring refused to take responsibility for themselves and entrusted the government to provide for them regardless if that meant creating unsustainable ponzi schemes like Social Security and Medicare which are underfunded by a combined $107 TRILLION.

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fontana 07/20/10 - 12:31 pm
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It's too bad a significant

It's too bad a significant portion of Obama supporters can't even read what's being printed.

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