“Women can’t stand it. Men are more likely to favor it,” InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery said. “Republicans favor it more than Democrats, and independents are evenly split.”
Overall, 25.8 percent of 759 likely Georgia voters surveyed by telephone the evening of April 27 said the gun bill would have a positive effect on the state’s business recruiting prospects, while 35.6 percent said the legislation would have a negative impact. Thirty-one percent said the bill would have no effect, and 7.6 percent were undecided.
Among white voters, the same percentage said the legislation would have a positive effect – 27.2 percent – as said it would hurt the state’s business image. In sharp contrast, 61.4 percent of black voters said the gun bill would have a negative impact on business, while only 17.8 percent predicted a positive impact.
More male voters – 31.9 percent – said expanding gun rights would help business than the 26.2 percent who said it would hurt, while female voters went the other way, with 44.6 percent predicting a negative impact and only 19.8 percent saying the effect would be positive.
But the biggest difference in how the bill’s impact on business is viewed was based on party affiliation. A huge majority of Democratic voters – 71.8 percent – said the Republican-sponsored gun law would be bad for business, while just 11.5 percent of GOP voters said it would have a negative impact.
Towery said the new poll, combined with the February survey that found 52 percent opposition to the gun bill, shows it will be hard for Republicans to turn the legislation into a positive force in the November elections.
He said the only way the legislation will help the GOP is if shootings such as took place April 29 at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw stop happening in Georgia. But even if they do, he said it would be hard to link it to the passage of a strong gun rights bill.
“It’s going to be hard to prove a positive but a lot easier to point out a negative,” he said.
Towery said the only mitigating factor for Republicans in the gun bill is that state Sen. Jason Carter, the Democratic candidate for governor, voted for the measure.