Public Policy Poling, a sometimes controversial, Democratic-aligned polling firm polled six states relating to the shutdown and their upcoming Senate races. Georgia was one of the lucky half dozen .
If the results are to be believed, the numbers are not good for Republicans.
Those polled disapprove of the shutdown 61% to 31%.
What is worse for the GOP is how that opinion might impact the open Senate race next year.
The shutdown will be particularly problematic for the GOP if it nominates one of the House members seeking a promotion to the Senate- 47% of voters say they’re less likely to vote Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, or Jack Kingston for the Senate because of their support for the shutdown to only 32% who think it’s a positive. After being informed that her most likely opponents were among those House Republicans who favored the shutdown, Nunn improves to a 48/42 lead lead on the generic ballot.
Now, by this time next year, there will be a new crisis born out of current representatives’ sheer inability to govern, meaning the shutdown blues will have long passed for Republicans. However, the negative opinion being created is not a good sign heading in to next year. Also, its hard to believe that Nunn’s numbers will hold up that well between now and when she is strongly identified as a Democrat. So let’s just wait a bit more before we say this is shaping up to be a close race.