Deal re-election favored so far, poll finds

Friday, July 12, 2013 7:06 AM
Last updated 6:26 PM
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ATLANTA — Half of GOP voters say they’re backing Gov. Nathan Deal for re-election, but they’re split on Senate candidates, according to a poll released Thursday.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal  AP
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal

The survey for Morris News and Fox 5 by InsiderAdvantage also showed that few Republicans think the tea party should devote energy to pushing solar power.

The survey Wednesday night of 338 registered voters who say they would vote in the GOP primary if it were held today has a margin of error of 5.7 percentage points.

Deal commanded 50 percent, while Dalton Mayor David Pennington, who announced this week he is challenging Deal, received 8 percent. The remaining 42 percent either had no opinion or supported another candidate.

“It’s about where I would expect an incumbent governor to be when you’re dealing with the Republican Party. The Republican Party is in a bit of turmoil,” said InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery. “That’s pretty much a you-have-to-blow-it scenario for Deal.”

The four announced Republican hopefuls for the U.S. Senate are essentially tied when considering the margin of error, and one exploratory candidate, political newcomer David Perdue, has 5 percent.

U.S. Reps. Jack Kingston, at 17 percent; Phil Gingrey, at 15 percent; and Paul Broun, at 11 percent, are splitting the vote so far with former Secretary of State Karen Handel, who has 13 percent. The remaining 39 percent are undecided or support another candidate.

Towery said the candidates are on equal footing.

“The ones who get on TV the earliest, if they have an effective message, they will get a lead, and it’ll be hard of the others to catch up,” he said.

Towery questioned poll participants about Georgia’s biggest political news of the week: the next day’s vote by the Public Service Commission on Georgia Power Co.’s long-term plans to generate electricity. In the days leading up to the vote, various groups connected with the tea party movement took opposite positions on whether the regulators should require the company to double its access to solar power.

The all-Republican PSC ended up voting 3-2 for the added solar.

The poll showed just 25 percent of Republicans questioned agreed that the issue “is a good use of the tea party’s time and efforts.” Most, 50 percent, said it was a bad use of the movement’s resources. The rest said they didn’t care or were undecided.

Towery said the results show that voters are confused when the tea party strays from the issues of taxes and federal spending that spawned it.

“I just think if we keep seeing the tea party going after these abstract issues, they’re just going to dilute their clout,” he said.

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Dixieman 07/12/13 - 07:40 am
Either way we're good

Weird about the solar fraud idea, though.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 07/12/13 - 03:23 pm

I wonder how many Republicans in Richmond and Columbia counties are for Deal after the Grooo fiasco?

Darby 07/13/13 - 12:47 am
I know at least one that

is not!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maandpa 07/13/13 - 07:33 am
Not for me

No, I will not be voting for Deal again, but I am sure that he will win statewide. I'm not sure why, however.

davidfarrar 07/14/13 - 09:29 am
Georgia's Senatorial race

Georgians can give themselves a louder voice than insider groups and special interests in Washington if their primary vote is for the right candidate.

The Tea Party Exploratory Committee of Georgia has been created to help Tea Party candidates establish their Tea Party credentials throughout the state for the 2014 elections.

Item 1: Congressional candidates must agree not to ask for or accept any outside the state PAC funds, or political endorsements, during their primary campaigns.

Georgia's congressional representation belongs to the good people of Georgia. It should not be sold off to Washington bigwigs to the highest bidder long before the first Georgian walks into a voting booth*.

ex animo
*Political endorsements from Georgia citizens, and/or present and former public office holders, is completely acceptable and does not violate Item 1.

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