Comes now Rosetta Stone Communications with a poll of voters in State Senator Don Balfour’s district. The poll shows a remarkably low re-elect number of 17%. But before writing Balfour off, remember this: He has $676,000 in his campaign account; gave a well received speech about “moving on” today; there’s a whole lotta legislatin’ that has to happen before the primary, and voters have short memories.
Oh, and a jury acquitted him. Full release below the jump. ATLANTA – A new survey of 618 likely Republican Primary voters completed on January 9th shows former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau leads Senator Don Balfour by 5 points in the May 20th Republican Primary. The survey tested Senator Don Balfour against former Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, Former State Representative Clay Cox and Lawrenceville city councilman P.K. Martin. P.K. Martin is currently Don Balfour’s only announced opponent.
The survey also tracked the general favorability of the potential and announced candidates. Primary voters in the district view Balfour unfavorably by a margin of 27%-39%. Only 17% of the primary voters think Balfour deserves to be reelected verses 52% who would “prefer someone else.”
John Garst, President of Atlanta based Rosetta Stone Communications said, ”Senator Don Balfour’s basic reelect number is the lowest I have ever seen for an incumbent. It appears that even in the wake of Balfour’s acquittal, voters in his own district have serious questions about him.”
The survey – conducted on the evening of 1/9/2014 represents 618 pre-screened and qualified likely Republican Primary voters and was conducted using Rosetta Stone Communications’ IVR technology. The survey has a margin of error of 3.1%. The cross-tabs for this survey are available to the media by request.
Mike Beaudreau – 19%
Don Balfour – 14%
Clay Cox – 11%
P.K. Martin – 10%
Undecided/No Opinion – 46%