The survey shows a Republican advantage of 4 percentage points before either party has chosen its candidate. It also shows that in a crowded primary, Republican voters favor the most conservative candidate, Congressman Paul Broun.
Michelle Nunn, the founder and CEO of an international non-profit and the daughter of former United States Senator Sam Nunn, performs best when compared with potential GOP candidate Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State. In a head-to-head match-up of the two women, Nunn draws 47 percent to Handel’s 39 percent. Nunn is tied with Congressman Phil Gingrey at 46 percent for each candidate. The most moderate Republican candidate, Congressman Jack Kingston, performs best against Nunn, 48 percent to 42 percent. None of the Republican candidates top the 50 percent mark when tested against Nunn.
“Georgia voters are growing increasingly tired of status quo conservatives who put ideology before common sense solutions to Georgia’s biggest challenges,” said Better Georgia Executive Director Bryan Long. “Georgia is simply not a ‘red state’ where the most conservative candidate is assured victory. Anyone who believes otherwise simply has not looked at the data.”
Download the survey results as a PDF: BetterGeorgia.com/May2013Senate
Polling conducted May 8-10, 2013 by 20/20 Insight, LLC for Better Georgia. The survey reached 1,662 registered voters and has a 2.4 percent margin of error.
BY THE NUMBERS
|Republican Candidate||Vote for Nunn||Vote for Republican||Not Sure|
|vs. Paul Broun||42%||45%||13%|
|vs. Phil Gingrey||46%||46%||8%|
|vs. Karen Handel||47%||39%||14%|
|vs. Jack Kingston||42%||48%||11%|
Biographies and Results of GOP Primary
Paul Broun is a Congressman from Athens. He is one of the most conservative members of Congress and has served since 2007. Broun has been endorsed by former Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul. He has focused on cutting federal spending and taxes, and has advocated for the repeal of Obamacare. Before his election to Congress, he was a family physician………..33%
Phil Gingrey is a Congressman from Marietta. He is a conservative who has served in Congress since 2002, and before that was a member of the Georgia state Senate and a physician who delivered babies. He has focused on cutting federal spending and taxes, and as chairman of the Congressional Doctors Caucus has worked to repeal and replace Obamacare………..20%
Jack Kingston is a Congressman from Savannah who has served since 1992. He is a conservative who has served on the House Appropriations Committee for several years where he has focused on budget issues and has been recognized for his efforts to cut federal spending and taxes. He has also voted to repeal Obamacare………..18%
Karen Handel is the former Georgia Secretary of State. She is a conservative who also served as the chairwoman of the Fulton County Commission, where she worked to reduce county spending and cut taxes. In recent years, she worked for the Susan B. Komen foundation that funds efforts to fight breast cancer. While there, she worked to end the foundation’s funding of Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services………..10%
Not certain at this time or none of these candidates………..17%
Better Georgia is the fastest-growing progressive advocacy organization in Georgia with the most proficient and accurate polling operation. In 2012, New York Times columnist and leading political polling analyst Nate Silver ranked Better Georgia’s polling efforts with 20/20 Insight as the most accurate in the state.