Via Press Release:
Senate, Governor races tied, GOP leads down-ticket races; Support for income tax cap
(Atlanta)— Previous polls had shown Republican candidates for US Senate and Governor trailing, but a new Landmark Communications poll conducted for WSB-TV Channel 2 shows Governor Nathan Deal and Senate nominee David Perdue have gained ground and now tied with their Democratic opponents.
Gov. Deal had a politically difficult summer, trailing Democratic Senator Jason Carter by four percentage points in August (40%-44%). However, Deal has continued to gain through the fall and is now tied with his Democratic challenger 45%-45% with 5% for Libertarian Andrew Hunt and 5% of voters undecided.
“Gov. Deal leads Sen. Carter among male voters by 12 points, 51-40%, while Carter holds an 11 point lead among women, 50-39%,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “There is a significant difference in how the genders will vote.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn are now tied 46-46%, with Libertarian Amanda Swafford taking 4% of the vote and 4% of voters saying they are undecided.
“David Perdue has made up significant ground against Michelle Nunn. There may have initially been some residual hard feelings from Kingston supporters after a very long primary and runoff season,” said Rountree. “They were slow to back Perdue. But over the past month Republicans solidified behind Perdue and now support him 87-5% over Nunn, up from 78-11% in August.”
“There is a major difference between men and women in the way they are voting for Senate,” said Rountree. “Female voters are voting for Nunn by a 10 point margin 51-41%, while male voters are voting for Perdue by a 12 point margin, 51-39%.”
Landmark also conducted polls of the races for Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture races, as well as surveyed voter opinion regarding a proposed Constitutional Amendment ballot question to prohibit future state income increases.
Republican Casey Cagle (I) 50%
Democrat Connie Stokes 42%
Secretary of State
Republican Brian Kemp (I) 50%
Democrat Doreen Carter 44%
Republican Sam Olens (I) 50%
Democrat Greg Hecht 44%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Republican Gary Black (I) 48%
Democrat Chris Irvin 43%
Constitutional Amendment Ballot Question regarding the income tax cap:
Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to prohibit the General Assembly from increasing the maximum state income tax rate?
“The constitutional amendment to permanently cap Georgia’s income tax rate is currently on its way to passage by a 48-27% margin, with a quarter of voters undecided or unfamiliar with the issue,” said Landmark President Mark Rountree.
“The so-called Tax Cap Amendment has strong support among Republican voters,” said Rountree. “Republicans favor the ballot question by a 64-14% margin. However, the issue splits Democratic voters with 34% of voters favoring the amendment and 39% opposing. Independent voters support the amendment by a 44-29% margin.