Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle

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Mar

Poll: Port project no big deal – Atlanta Business Chronicle

The push for federal funding to deepen the Port of Savannah has Georgia politicians in a tizzy, but the issue isn’t resonating with voters.

That’s the finding of a poll released Wednesday by Atlanta-based media and polling firm InsiderAdvantage.

According to an online survey of 488 likely Georgia voters conducted March 10-11, only 49 percent said the Savannah Harbor project is important to them in the upcoming elections for governor and U.S. senator.

Eighteen percent said it’s not important, 25 percent said they don’t know enough about the issue to form an opinion and 8 percent said they’re undecided.

“This suggests that expansion of the Port of Savannah is, at present, a sort of ‘inside ballgame’ matter,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery said. “Candidates would have to make it more important through political ads down the road to likely move many votes on the issue.”

Towery said the port project is complicated, which explains why so many voters either say they don’t know enough about it or are undecided. As a result, he said the issue is unlikely to be the determining factor in Gov. Nathan Deal’s re-election bid or the Senate matchup between Democrat Michelle Nunn and the Republican who survives the hotly contested GOP primary.

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