Insider Advantage / Fox 5 today released a new poll showing Governor Deal firmly in the lead against Democratic opponent Jason Carter.
In the poll of 1,349 likely voters, Deal gets 47%, Carter 40%, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Hunt receives 3%. 10% remain undecided. The poll also showed President Obama’s job performance rating at 41% approve, 58% disapprove. The poll has a 2.7% margin of error.
Insider Advantage CEO Matt Towery puts some of the blame for Carter’s poor polling on President Obama’s poor favorability. But, he also says the State Senator’s bland initial round of advertising didn’t help, either. Towery:
Losing ground in the polls while running advertising is a very bad sign. The best Carter could likely hope for would be to keep Governor Deal under 50% (plus one vote), as required to win, and force him into a winter runoff. But looking at Carter’s lack of success in currents ads and strategic blunders on major votes during the last legislative session, it seems unlikely right now to imagine the Carter campaign pulling off such a scenario.
In early polling, it looked like the governor might be in trouble. Now, not so much. Is Deal on the way to victory? Discuss.