Another Poll Shows Muddled Senate Race, Few Care About Ethics Bill

Walter Jones in the Athens Banner-Herald reports:

Broun: 15%
Gingrey: 15%
Kingston: 14%
Handel: 9%
David Perdue: 5%

The Legislature has an approval rating of 35% while 43% disapprove. Governor Deal has an approval rating of 48% with 37% disapproval.

The idea of expanding where folks can carry firearms (churches, college campuses, and allowing trained armed people to carry in schools) received mixed support with 40% in favor and 43% against.

Also of note:

One of the major legislative issues was passage of an ethics bill that imposes the first ever limit on what lobbyists can give to state and local politicians. But the bill didn’t make much of an impression on those surveyed.

Two out of three didn’t know anything about it or have an opinion. Of those who did, just 15 percent liked it while 20 percent didn’t.



  1. Andre says:

    Why am I not surprised that two-thirds of the people surveyed don’t know diddly about the ethics legislation pushed through the General Assembly this session, but if several lawmakers go to jail, the calls for ethics reform will be deafening.

  2. Jane says:

    Less than 300 Republicans polled for a state wide race. Not enough to tell anything. You need 500 at least maybe 800 If you can get them. My guess is that the client did not want to spend Any money on the poll.

  3. Josh McKoon says:

    Here’s another poll on ethics with a slightly larger sample size:

    Republican Party Question 2
    Do you support ending the current practice of unlimited gifts from lobbyists to state legislators by imposing a $100 cap on such gifts?
    159 of 159 Counties Reporting
    Percent Votes
    YES (REP) 87.21% 827,826
    NO (REP) 12.79% 121,361

  4. Scott65 says:

    Its all about the way the question is asked:

    Are you in favor of ethics reform?
    Do you support limiting corporate lobbying groups to a $100.00 gift per session?
    Do you support limiting the way corporations can advise members of the legislature about upcoming legislation for which they have expertise?

    All of those could be called “ethics reform”, but you would get wildly different results for each question

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