In a new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling and released by liberal-leaning Americans United for Change, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn leads four of her potential Republican opponents by a slight margin. The poll also shows strong support for a raise in the minimum wage
In head to head contests, Nunn leads Paul Broun by a 42% to 41% margin, with 17% undecided. She is ahead of Phil Gingrey, 45%-41% with 14% undecided, Karen Handel 44%-40%, with 16% undecided, and Jack Kingston 44%-42% with 14% undecided.
Georgians support raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour by a 54%-37% margin, with 9% undecided. If a voter knew that the Republican candidate for Senate opposed an increase in the minimum wage, 30% would be more likely to support that candidate, 42% would be less likely, and for 23%, it wouldn’t make any difference. 5% were not sure. 66% of those polled agree with the statement, “Someone who works full-time should be paid enough to keep them out of poverty,” while 20% disagreed, and 14% were not sure.
The automated telephone poll of 640 voters has a 3.9% margin of error.
The demographics behind any poll reflect the pollster’s view of what the electorate will be like in November, when the actual election takes place. This one assumes 53% are female and Democrats and Republicans will each make up 38% percent of voters, while 24% are independents. 66% are white, 27% are African-American, and 7% are some other race. Those polled skew older, with 23% being over 65, 46% between 46 and 65, 22% between 30 and 45, and only 9% being under 30.
2014 will be a non-Presidential election, like 2010 was. In 2010, 55% of the voters were female, while 45% were male. 69% were white, 29 were African American and 2% were another race. And 9% were under 30, 25% were 30-45, 47% were between 46-and 65, and 23% were over 65.
What you can’t compare to 2010 is the Democrat – Republican – Independent split. You tell us if it’s fair to say that in Georgia, Ds and Rs are on equal footing, and 24% are independents.