Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls


Poll: Overall rating steady for Georgia’s Deal, but GOP support falls

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 18, 2016) — Excerpt of Article:

Georgia voters have split almost evenly on Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of so-called “religious liberty” legislation but generally agree he was right to turn away a bill allowing guns on college campuses, an exclusive new poll from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.

Those two topics — guns and protections for opponents of same-sex marriage — were the most hotly debated in the first half of this election year. And Deal’s subsequent break with Republican leaders in the state Legislature over them has only stoked a fire expected to linger into 2017. ...

An AJC poll in January showed Deal’s approval rating at 50 percent. Results this week show he’s now at 52 percent.

But Deal has seen a notable drop-off in support among fellow Republicans, from 73 percent in January to 58 percent now. That decline comes as Democrats have warmed to Deal, who is serving his last term in the governor’s office. His support among Democrats has grown from 38 percent to 51 percent.

“Totally predictable,” Kennesaw State University political scientist Kerwin Swint said of those results. “Nathan Deal took steps that obviously aren’t going to make some conservative Republicans happy. But he really doesn’t have to worry about getting a majority in a primary because he’s not going to run again. The truth of the matter is the Legislature put him in a tough spot, and he did what he thought was right.”

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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