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Ga. Poll: McCain Leads, Barr Pulls 3%

Wednesday, 02 Jul 2008 09:08 AM

Strategic Vision, LLC, a public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a three-day poll of 800 likely Georgia voters. The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. In the poll, 368 (46%) Republican voters were surveyed; with 328 (41%) Democratic voters surveyed; and 104 (13%) Independents and other party affiliation polled.

The poll found that 56% of respondents approved of Governor Sonny Perdue’s job performance, with 31% disapproving, and 13% undecided. Senator Saxby Chambliss received a 53% approval rating with 33% disapproving, and 14% undecided. Senator Johnny Isakson received a 58% approval rating, with 31% disapproving, and 11% undecided.

“Governor Perdue and Senator Isakson remain the most popular figures in Georgia,” said David E. Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder of Strategic Vision, LLC. “Their popularity transcends political lines and is consistent through all sections of the state. Senator Chambliss is in strong shape as he seeks re-election.”

In the Democratic race for the United States Senate, DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones led with 25%; former newsman Dale Cardwell had 22%; 2006 Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Jim Martin had 17%; Rand Knight had 14%; Josh Lanier had 6% and 16% were undecided.

“The Democratic race for Senate remains highly fluid with no clear frontrunner,” said Johnson. “While Jones continues to lead, he has lost support while Cardwell, Martin, and Knight have all shown slight gains. In a volatile race such as this where so many Democrats say there is a strong chance they may switch their support before the primary, campaign organization will be critical.”

In a potential Senate match-up between Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss and Democrat DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones, Chambliss led 57% to 27%; with 16% undecided. In a potential match-up between Chambliss and Democrat Dale Cardwell, Chambliss led with 58% to 29% for Cardwell, and 13% undecided. In a potential match-up between Chambliss and Martin, Chambliss led 57% to 28% with 15% undecided. In a potential match-up between Chambliss and Democrat Rand Knight, Chambliss led 58% to 28% with 14% undecided. In a potential match-up between Chambliss and Democrat Josh Lanier, Chambliss led 58% to 25% with 17% undecided.

“At this point, Senator Chambliss is well positioned for re-election and is particularly strong in South and North Georgia,” said Johnson. “The base Democratic vote at this point appears to be between 25% to 30% starting off which will pose a challenge for the Democrats to expand upon, especially as Georgia’s Senate race will not be targeted by Democrats due to races with more potential in Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, Virginia, New Mexico, and Nebraska.”

President Bush’s overall approval was 38% approving, 49% disapproving, and 13% undecided. When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the economy, 29% approved; 52% disapproved; and 19% were undecided. When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the Iraq War, 44% approved; 40% disapproved; and 16% were undecided. When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the war on terrorism, 54% said approved; 36% disapproved; and 10% were undecided.

“The President’s poll support is far lower then what one would expect in a conservative state like Georgia,” said Johnson. “Much of this low support is due to the economy which has replaced Iraq as the President’s Achilles Heal. The key question will this dissatisfaction with the President affect John McCain and Georgia Republicans.”

When asked if they favored an immediate withdrawal of United States military forces from Iraq within 6 months, 35% said yes; 53% said no; and 12% were undecided.

“Support for the war in Iraq has increased over the past several months in part due to the surge and Americans shifting their attention to the economy,” said Johnson.

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