Donald Trump may be measuring the drapes for the Oval Office, but, this week, Better Georgia pumped the brakes to see how the GOP nominee starts his General Election campaign in Georgia.
What we found should give comfort to most Georgians — Trump has a lot of work left to do to win this “reliably red” state in November.
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Consistent with a WSB-TV poll from earlier this week, a Better Georgia poll conducted this week by 20/20 Insight shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump deadlocked 43 percent to 45 percent — within the margin of error.
Trump has a HUGE problem with Georgia women: 59 percent of women surveyed have an unfavorable view of the GOP standard bearer.
Plus, Trump hasn’t even convinced his own base that he’s worthy of the Presidency, much less the rest of the state. We found that 24 percent of conservatives and 62 percent of moderates have an unfavorable view of Trump.
In fact, Clinton is winning moderates by a 21 point margin – 55 percent to 34 percent.
Young people, meanwhile, are signaling support for Clinton over Trump by a similar margin, 52 percent to 33 percent.
The Trump train has put Gov. Deal in an interesting position. On the heels of two popular vetoes, the governor may have to use even more political capital to give a full embrace of The Donald.
A clear majority of Georgians agree with Gov. Deal’s vetoes of the religious “freedom” and Campus Carry bills. And most Georgians think he should stop short of endorsing Trump. Importantly, 50 percent of moderates believe Gov. Deal should not support Trump.
These are exactly the type of voters Gov. Deal will need on his side if he wants his public school takeover to succeed on the ballot this November.
We’ll watch the governor closely this year and let you know what he decides.