Landmark Communications poll of Governor, Senate, downballot races

11
Oct

Landmark Communications poll of Governor, Senate, downballot races

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%.”

DOWN-TICKET RACES

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.

Findings include:

Lieutenant Governor

Republican Casey Cagle (I) 50%
Democrat Connie Stokes 42%
Undecided 8%

Secretary of State

Republican Brian Kemp (I) 50%
Democrat Doreen Carter 44%
Undecided 7%

Attorney General

Republican Sam Olens (I) 50%
Democrat Greg Hecht 44%
Undecided 7%

Commissioner of Agriculture

Republican Gary Black (I) 48%
Democrat Chris Irvin 43%
Undecided 9%

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?

Yes 48%
No 27%
Undecided 25%

“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.

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