From our good friend Fred Hicks:
ATLANTA— A new poll in Georgia was conducted by HEG, LLC in the wake of the US Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act and gay marriage and the failed high profile abortion legislation in Texas. Voters across the state were asked their gender, political affiliation and a battery of three questions on the issues of the Voting Rights Act, abortion and gay marriage. The poll reveals a moderate streak among Georgians, except on gay marriage.
“We stepped gingerly into the fire with this poll. After the Supreme Court decisions and the statements issued by Attorney General Olens, we decided to look at what Georgia voters think,” said lead pollster Fred Hicks. “We found Georgians to be surprisingly moderate on two issues and predictably conservative on the third.”
Among the key findings:
- A strong majority, 61%, of Georgians oppose legalizing gay marriage
- On the Voting Rights Act, a slight majority (51%-49%) say that it is no longer necessary
- By a margin of 54%-46% a majority of Georgians oppose abortion, however, 47% of all polled believe in exceptions. Less than 10% of Georgians believe in outlawing abortion completely
“The perception on gay marriage is that Republicans are opposed and Democrats are in support; we found that to be partially true. Republican voters overwhelmingly oppose legalizing gay marriage, but Democrats do NOT overwhelmingly endorse it. The combination of very conservative Republican voters and conservative Democrats leads to a huge block opposing legalizing gay marriage,” said Sociologist Dr. Omar Nagi who consulted on the project.
HEG is a non-partisan full service consulting firm. The survey was conducted by IVR on June 26, 2013. The 531 responses were derived from a random sampling of likely voters statewide. The margin of error is +/- 4.2%