Georgia Voters Favor Pro-Life Governor Candidate Nathan Deal Over Barnes
by Steven Ertelt
September 14, 2010
Atlanta, GA (LifeNews.com) — Georgia voters favor pro-life gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal over his challenger, Democrat Roy Barnes. A new Survey USA poll shows Deal has the backing of 49 percent to 38 percent for Barnes and Libertarian candidate John Monds had 9 percent.
Another four percent of voters in the southern state say they are currently undecided on how they will vote in November.
The poll was taken Friday through Sunday and the results cover 599 registered voters who said they are likely to vote in the governor’s race in November.
The polling results showed 54 percent of independents supported Deal, while 34 percent favored Barnes and Monds picked up 18 percent.
Deal picked up support among nearly two-thirds of statewide voters (64 percent) who disapprove of the way the Obama administration is operating. Barnes’s supporters include 83 percent of those who approve of Obama’s job performance thus far.
The poll found 44 percent of Georgia voters say they are conservative, 38 percent moderate and just 12 percent liberal. Deal has a huge lead with conservatives while Barnes has a slight majority of the moderates and a large percentage of the liberals.
Current pro-life incumbent Republican Sonny Perdue is term-limited from seeking a third term and the poll shows Deal is positioned to hold the seat. Barnes was the states governor for one term from 1999 to 2003 until he was defeated by Perdue in 2002.
Deal, a pro-life former congressman, defeated his primary runoff opponent, former Secretary of State Karen Handel after a very close race. Deal held a slim lead of fewer than 2,500 votes over Handel or a 50.2 percent to 49.8 percent advantage.
Handel could have requested a recount had the margin remained less than 1 percent, but she said the time was now to rally behind Deal’s campaign.
A late July Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Georgia voters finds that Barnes earns 43 percent against Deal, who scored 49 percent of the support in the matchup.
The Survey USA poll was conducted exclusively for WXIA-TV and V103-FM in Atlanta and WMAZ-TV in Macon.
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