Georgia Poll Shows Walker Leads Warnock and Kemp Leads Abrams

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 30, 2022   |   1:29PM   |   Atlanta, Georgia

The pro-life candidates for statewide office in Georgia are leading their pro-abortion counterparts, according to a new Emerson poll.

The survey shows pro-life Senate candidate Herschel Walker leading pro-abortion Senator Raphael Warnock. Walker now leads by two points, 44% to 46%. Four percent plan to vote for someone else and 7% are undecided.

Spencer Kimball, Executive Director of Emerson College Polling said, “Walker leads Warnock among rural voters 58% to 24% while Warnock leads Walker 66% to 25% among urban voters. In the suburbs, voters are breaking for Walker by a nine-point margin, 50% to 41%.”

In the gubernatorial 2018 re-match, 48% plan to support pro-life Governor Brian Kemp, 44% plan to support pro-abortion candidate Stacey Abrams, 6% plan to vote for someone else, and 2% are undecided. The majority of Georgia voters (58%) expect Kemp to win whereas 42% expect Abrams to win.

Exactly half of Georgia voters have a very (27%) or somewhat (22%) favorable view of Herschel Walker, while 46% have a somewhat (8%) or very (38%) unfavorable view of Walker. Forty-seven percent have a very (41%) or somewhat (7%) favorable view of Senator Warnock, while 46% have a somewhat (6%) or very (40%) unfavorable view of Warnock.

Forty-seven percent of Georgia voters have a very (30%) or somewhat (16%) favorable view of Kemp while 49% have a somewhat (12%) or very (37%) unfavorable view of Kemp. Forty-five percent have a very (38%) or somewhat (7%) favorable view of Abrams while 50% have a somewhat (5%) or very (45%) unfavorable view of Abrams.

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President Biden holds a 42% approval among very likely Georgia voters; 57% disapprove of the job the president is doing. In a hypothetical 2024 Presidential Election between President Biden and former President Trump, Trump leads Biden 51% to 46%.

On the generic congressional ballot, 51% plan to vote for the Republican candidate while 46% plan to vote for the Democratic candidate on the ballot.

Thirty-six percent of voters see the economy as the most important issue facing Georgia, followed by abortion access at 20%, and crime at 15%. Issues to follow include healthcare (9%), immigration (7%), housing affordability (5%), and education (4%).

Kimball noted, “While the economy is the most important issue for both male and female voters, the second most important issue differs. Among women, abortion access is the most important concern for 28%, whereas among men, 19% say crime is the most important issue.”

The Emerson College Polling survey of Georgia voters was conducted August 28-29, 2022. The sample consisted of very likely general election voters, n=600, with a margin of error (MOE) of +/- 3.9 percentage points.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life says Walker has been under constant attack from abortion activists and pro-life voters need to step up to support him.

“The Big Abortion Lobby’s attacks against Herschel Walker are just sickening. But the worst part is… they appear to be working. A new poll shows that Walker has fallen 3 POINTS behind pro-abortion Senator, Raphael Warnock. And after looking at the fundraising disparity in this election, I can see why,” she said.

Dannenfelser says Georgia is one of the best opportunities to replace a pro-abortion senator with someone pro-life.

“Georgia is our best chance to pick up a pro-life Senate seat and destroy Kamala’s 50-50 pro-abortion majority,” she said. “But with Warnock raising nearly triple the funds as Walker, I worry we’re in deep trouble in Georgia. That’s why Pro-Life America PAC is doing everything in our power to give Walker a boost during the final two-month stretch of the election.”

She said Walker needs pro-life voters to support Walker and “fight back against Warnock’s lies and win the 1 election that can deliver us a pro-life majority.”

Walker, a former standout running back at the University of Georgia who captured the Heisman Trophy in 1982, is solidly pro-life. Walker has attacked pro-abortion Senator Raphael Warnock and the “radical left.” He said Democrats had put “maniacs” in charge, and the election was about saving the country from a group that “don’t even like you.”

“They don’t even like this country,” he said. He added, “It’s time for us to wake up from this nightmare, time for us to get up, get back on track.”

Walker promised to vote pro-life without exceptions in an interview with reporters last week after a Macon, Georgia campaign event.

“There’s no exception in my mind,” he said when asked about cases of rape and incest. “Like I say, I believe in life. I believe in life.”

The Republican candidate said he believes children conceived in horrible circumstances still have worth and potential.

“You never know what a child is going to become,” Walker said. “And I’ve seen some people, they’ve had some tough times, but I always said, ‘No matter what, tough times make tough people.’”

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Recently, he received an endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee.

“Herschel Walker will be a most effective champion for unborn babies and their mothers in Washington and he has demonstrated the passion and perseverance it takes to win the critically important Georgia Senate race,” NRLC president Carol Tobias said.

Tobias contrasted Walker’s strong pro-life stance with that of Warnock, who currently holds the Senate seat.

“Georgia deserves a pro-life senator like Herschel Walker who is committed to building a culture of life,” she said. “Walker’s stance for life stands in stark contrast to the out-of-touch record of Warnock who supports abortion for any reason until birth.”

Warnock, a self-proclaimed “pro-choice pastor,” recently voted for legislation that would force states to allow unborn babies to be aborted for basically any reason up to birth even if Roe v. Wade is overturned. He has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record, according to NRLC.

In contrast, Herschel Walker has spoken publicly about his conservative pro-life beliefs for years. In September, he said he is running for U.S. Senate “because I love America. And I’ve got to fight for America. It is time for us to stop wondering what we’re going to do but do it because what we’ve got now.”