This marks a fallback for Deal whose support has been steadily rising from 43% in March to 51% last month. But Barnes is also at the low end of his support, having earned 39% to 43% of the vote in those same surveys back to March. This is the first survey to include Monds.
The race remains Leans GOP in the Rasmussen Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
This is also the first survey of the Georgia gubernatorial race to include leaners. Leaners are those who initially indicate no preference for either of the candidates but answer a follow-up question and say they are leaning towards a particular candidate. From this point forward, Rasmussen Reports considers results with leaners the primary indicator of the race.
If leaners are excluded from the totals, Deal gets 42% of the vote, with Barnes at 35% and Monds at seven percent (7%).
Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Georgia voters say they are following news reports about Deal’s financial problems at least somewhat closely. Sixty-two percent say those problems are at least somewhat important to how they will vote, with 31% who say they are Very Important.