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

April 3, 2013 22:13 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 9 comments

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.


JayJacket April 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

6% margin of error? This takes “useless” to a whole ‘notha level.

Andre April 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

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.

Andre April 3, 2013 at 11:46 pm

The “people” . . . (rolls eyes) are absolutely useless.

Jane April 4, 2013 at 12:05 am

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.

Josh McKoon April 4, 2013 at 12:40 am

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

Buzz Brockway April 4, 2013 at 7:56 am


John Pezold April 4, 2013 at 8:01 am


saltycracker April 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Maybe the Insider Advantage Poll asked the question differently –
Do the “people” believe the legislators will find an end around to ethics boundaries ?

Scott65 April 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

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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