But 43 percent of 420 voters contacted (MOE ±5%) said they’re still undecided. November is still six months away, and campaigning has barely begun.
Says IA’s Matt Towery:
“As a result of a very robust combination of appearances and yard sign efforts, Mary Norwood clearly has raised her name ID higher than the other candidates. … I anticipate that Norwood will remain strong, particularly among older voters and white voters, where she has already captured nearly 50 percent of the white vote.”
Here’s the official line:
— Norwood, 37 percent;
— City Council President Lisa Borders, 10 percent;
— State Sen. Kasim Reed, 4 percent;
— Jesse Spikes, 2 percent;
— And “other,” 5 percent.
The only surprise in the above ranking is Reed, with his close connections to Franklin. But Reed’s support is thought to be anchored on Atlanta’s south side, always a difficult area for pollsters to probe.
Towery offers a demographic breakdown on his web site.
Also in today’s news: Larry Peterson of the Savannah Morning News has polled the six GOP candidates for governor:
Four of the six…apparently favor disbanding the federal government if it imposes new firearms restrictions.
That proposal is part of a nonbinding measure that sailed through the state Senate on a 43-1 vote on the next-to-last day of the 2009 legislative session.
One 2010 gubernatorial hopeful, Eric Johnson of Savannah, voted for the resolution. Two others said they would have voted yes if they were senators. A spokesman for Secretary of State Karen Handel said he “supposes” she would have done so.
Only state Rep. Austin Scott, of Tifton, opposed the resolution. A similar measure in the House never came to a vote.
U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal appeared to play this right. He kept his mouth shut.
While you ponder the above, consider these items found while perusing this morning’s ajc.com:
A conciliatory Gov. Sonny Perdue approves $18.6 b budget, and vetoes only three line items in the process. To no one’s surprise, north Georgia bankruptcy filings jump 36 percent. Gwinnett County puts a surge of cops on the street to “neutralize any criminal activity.” MARTA CEO Beverly Scott is a top candidate for NY transit authority post, but says she’s not interested. Sandy Springs splits on leftover money. Chief Justice Leah Sears will join Chicago law firm, should that U.S. Supreme Court spot not work out. Anti-immigration laws, economy slow minority growth in U.S.
Jay Bookman says the capital gains veto by Sonny Perdue was an act of stewardship. Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais think the GOP is tone-deaf to the generation that will shape future politics.
From elsewhere in Georgia:
11Alive.com: Some Atlanta city employees take their city vehicles home, sometimes driving over 100-miles round trip. Atlanta Unfiltered: A judge says PSC Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald Jr. should pay a sharply reduced fine for violations. MDJ: Amnesty offered for red-light scofflaws caught on camera.
WSJ: Karl Rove says Nancy Pelosi was an accomplice to “torture.” WP: Barack Obama shifts on abuse photos, says release would endanger troops. NYT: Boy Scout affiliate group trains members to fight terror, protect border.
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