Perdue Leads Another Poll, This One From WSB

March 26, 2014 19:48 pm

by Buzz Brockway · 11 comments

From the WSBTV website:

It’s a crowded field on the Republican side. In a Channel 2 Action News exclusive poll done by Landmark/Rosetta Stone, polls show a political newcomer at the top of the pack.

Of the 600 likely Republican voters polled, 21 percent picked David Perdue, followed by Rep. Jack Kingston and Rep. Paul Broun tied at 15 percent.

Next in line are Rep. Phil Gingrey and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel.

About a quarter percent are still undecided.

Perdue also pulled in 29% in a recent poll for 11Alive.

Discuss.

Will Durant March 26, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Memo to the Perdue Campaign: INCOMING!

KD_fiscal conservative March 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

This poll don’t mean much this early in the race. I’m interested to see what happens to the numbers when till they start painting Perdue as corrupt, out of touch moderate.

TheEiger March 27, 2014 at 9:00 am
xdog March 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

Yes, early polls aren’t always definitive. But the last 2 have been in general agreement with Perdue at the top and Handel trailing. If it’s too early for Perdue to plan his election night celebration, is it correct for Handel to start worrying about her lack of traction?

Harry March 27, 2014 at 9:26 am

In politics, ad money buys support. How many of those erstwhile supporters actually show up and vote?

TheEiger March 27, 2014 at 9:41 am

54 for days is an extremely long time in election season. Plenty of time for the polls to change direction. Being out front at this point only shows that you are the one that is about to be attacked.

I also find it very hard to belief that the two most liberal people in the race (Perdue and Kingston) will both make it into the runoff. It will likely be one or the other not both. I would also bet that Perdue’s numbers are extremely soft. Meaning that the vast majority of his support comes from people that think he is Sonny and just recognize the name. These people are less likely to actually show up in a non-presidential election year. This was why Oxendine led in the polls all the way up until election month. He had been on the state wide ballot for 12 years and had a very unique name. But ultimately his base support came from folks who didn’t show up to polls. Perdue will have the same problem turning out the people to vote.

xdog March 27, 2014 at 11:44 am

I’m predicting Kingston-Handel in the runoff.

View from Brookhaven March 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

“Meaning that the vast majority of his support comes from people that think he is Sonny and just recognize the name.”

I’ve been wondering if that plays a small part in it. Not a “vast majority”, but enough to be significant.

drjay March 27, 2014 at 2:28 pm

also, aren’t perdue and kingston still the only ones on t at this point?

NorthGAGOP March 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

From the Rosetta Stone PR.

“It is obvious that David Perdue has bought himself instant name identification with a massive statewide media blitz,” said John Garst, President of Rosetta Stone Communications, LLC. “His numbers are a steady 20% across all demographic and geographic lines. He has no obvious base of support among any one particular group.”

Mark Rountree March 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Just for context, in March 2013 (almost a year to the day) Perdue stood at less than 1%. He continued at 2% until he went up with the media buy.

If name confusion was the reason for Perdue’s current success, we would have seen some support in previous polls.

Perdue has gained because he’s spending real advertising dollars while making fun of his opponents. No one’s suggesting a coronation is at hand.

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