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New Poll Shows Tied Georgia Senate Race and Strong Support for Progressive Issues Ahead of Midterms
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New Poll Shows Tied Georgia Senate Race and Strong Support for Progressive Issues Ahead of Midterms

Washington, D.C. — A new poll commissioned for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and conducted by Public Policy Polling, or PPP, shows a tied race for U.S. Senate in Georgia. Additionally, the poll shows that issues such as equal pay, a minimum-wage increase, women’s health and economic security, and common-sense gun laws are buoying support for Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Looking beyond the horse-race results, in Georgia, voters see Nunn on their side on economic issues, women’s health and fair pay, access to the ballot, and others. On issue after issue, Republican candidates perform worse than the head-to-head matchups suggest, giving Democrats hope that voters will turn out to support candidates who fight for these issues. They also reflect a changing, more progressive country heading into 2016.

“When politics meets the day-to-day kitchen table issues facing American families, voters move toward candidates who support policies that help grow the economy by investing in the middle class,” said Gov. Ted Strickland, President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “While Republican candidates have tried to shift their focus to fear mongering and attacks on the president, the midterms elections could prove to be an indictment of the trickle-down economic philosophy that has steered all the benefits of the recovery to the wealthy few and no one else. Looking at the issues gives a clear picture of how out of step Republicans are with American voters.”

As for some of the issues motivating voters in Georgia, the poll’s findings include:

  • Georgia voters are concerned about Republican candidate David Perdue’s career outsourcing American jobs: 49 percent of voters report they are less like to support him as a result.
  • On raising the minimum wage, a key economic issue that affects American families, 69 percent of voters do not think they could support their family on a minimum-wage salary. Among this group, Nunn leads Perdue 54 percent to 41 percent.
  • Additionally, 68 percent of Georgia voters report that they are very or somewhat concerned about the Georgia secretary of state preventing 40,000 voter registration application from being processed, votes that could very well determine the outcome of the election.

This Public Policy Poll of 533 likely voters was conducted on October 30-31 2014 with a margin of error of +/-4.2 percent.

Please find the full poll here.

For more information or to talk to an expert, please contact Benton Strong at 202.481.8142 or [email protected].