A baseline Rasmussen poll: Johnny Isakson, 51%; Michael Thurmond, 35%

Rasmussen Reports has just posted its first (automated) poll on the U.S. Senate race in Georgia between Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson and Democrat Michael Thurmond:

Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson finally has a major Democratic opponent in his bid for reelection to the U.S. Senate, but the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the race finds the incumbent holding on to more than 50% support.

Fifty-one percent (51%) of likely voters in the state favor Isakson in a match-up with State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond who earns 35% support. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate in the race, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided.

A month ago, Isakson posted a 52% to 31% lead over an unnamed generic Democratic candidate. Thurmond just entered the race on Wednesday.

Opposition to the recently-enacted national health care plan runs slightly higher in the state than it is nationally, which plays to Isakson’s advantage…

Isakson gets 83% of the votes of those who strongly favor repeal, while Thurmond earns 82% support from the smaller group that opposes repeal.

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????

April 23rd, 2010
2:27 pm

If you want a big spending, big government, pro amnesty RINO, Johnny is your boy. Saxby is closer to being a Republican than Isakson.

Raquel Morris

April 23rd, 2010
2:34 pm

Looks to me like Johnny is not too safe at all. Just wait until the people of Georgia find out that he’s voted against their interests (and for his special interest backers) very chance he got.

Byron Mathison Kerr

April 23rd, 2010
2:42 pm

So last month Isakson vs. unknown Democrat was 52% to 31%. Two days after Thurmond announces his run, Isakson vs. Thurmond is 51% to 35%. Not bad for Thurmond after only two days.

The General

April 23rd, 2010
2:50 pm

Looks like it could be a horserace, folks. Though without a doubt, Isakson will be the first horse across the finish line.

Jon

April 23rd, 2010
3:00 pm

Is Isakson really the best that the GAGOP can do?

This is Mrs.Norman Maine

April 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Raquel, the voters in this state don’t care that Johnny-boy voted against their best interests. Remember these are the same people who voted for Bush twice. He is a whte male Republican which gives him automatic amnesty.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

What votes would that be Raquel? Was it it against Georgia’s interests or your own?

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:12 pm

Who would you propose is better Jon?

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Sounds vety racist Mrs. Maine. Be careful we might have to wash your mouth out with soap.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:14 pm

I for one like Johnny, heck of a nice guy, good staff and while I disagree occasionally with a vote of his, he is far superior to a liberal/moderate/conservative democrat.

mike

April 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

it going to come down to who can get those independent i don’t care about the polls whoever deliver the message about jobs jobs jobs in georgia and let me tell you now the republicans in georgia better get there act together and campaigning cause nobody care about south georgia they always have event in the atlanta and dem. you better campaigning to cause i have not seen that man signs this way

Georgia Native

April 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

Isakson is getting pretty old and it’s starting to really show. Thurmond is young, energetic and has cross party appeal. This could very well shape up into a horse race, particularly if the GOP takes this race for granted.

1stcav

April 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Look how few posts it took until someone brought race into the picture. Can’t we just get away from that and try as a group of Georgians to support the person that we want and leave race out of it.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:25 pm

Ga native- Johnny is 65 and Thurmond is 57, that’s a big difference? Cross party appeal? according to whom? What poll says that? Wishing don’t make it so.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

Airborne 1st Cav

1stcav

April 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

No, just a ground pounder. And very proud of it, 67-68.

Jane Doe

April 23rd, 2010
3:32 pm

Jim, please explain to the readers your definition of the “likely voter”? Secondly, who was the target population, were they at work or just sitting around pontificating? What are the demographic of the likely voter? Lastly, what is your definition of the smaller group?

This is Mrs.Norman Maine

April 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

To 1stCav: the answer to your quetion is NO. Strange I’ve never seen your plea on other topics that evolve into race but when I point out the obvious, we shouldn’t talk about it. The truth must burn like acid.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:38 pm

Congrats on your service 1st Cav. You guys did a great job.

bulldog

April 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Thurmond does not stand a chance…and no he has no cross party appeal at all. Isakson wins this race hands down.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

Mrs Maine it needs to start somewhere. If I disagree with Obama am I racist? If yes, then their is no discussion of issues. If no, then knock off the racist name calling.

1stcav

April 23rd, 2010
3:41 pm

No maam Mrs. Maine, it doesnt’ burn like anything. The thing that keeps me burn free is my love of my God, my love of my fellow man and that there is not one racist bone in my body unlike you who seems very angry and very racist. I still care for you though as a fellow human being. God loves us all and so do I. I’ll give you one piece of advice that I’m sure you won’t take but, that anger will consume you if you don’t learn to deal with it.
I sincerely hope you have a good evening and a great weekend. You live in the greatest place on earth, the United States of America.
Can I get an amen Retired Soldier.

ugaaccountant

April 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

Any chance a republican could get in this election? Isakson is a RINO.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:43 pm

You are correct bulldog. Incumbents, regardless of party seldom go down in the polls. Most undecideds do break for the challenger. With Johnny at 51%, most people versed in politics will tell you it is unlikely Johnny can lose.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

amen brother warrior

1stcav

April 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

Thank you Retired Soldier and thank you also for your service. I saw a young Marine at lunch and thanked him. I do that every time I see one of these wonderful young people.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

I agree, the young people I see in uniform today are terrific. Truly outstanding examples of the best in America. I occasionally pine for the days in uniform with mountains to climb and dragons to slay. Oh well, those days for me are gone. Thank God we have young soldiers willing to carry the burden.

mort

April 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

just wondering. how many of you who support johnny have also said we need to throw incumbent’s out of office.

steve

April 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

Georgia is becoming more of a red state because they (whites) are afraid of losing their power while other parts of the nation are becoming more progressive. Meanwhile, we are dealing with horrible traffic problems, high unemployment, corrupt republicans leaders in the senate/house because they are afraid of moving forward. This state will never move forward until they learn to change their backwards way of thinking. You can see companies leaving GA and going to other southern progressive states like North Carolina. A vote of Isakson is a vote for the same ol race baiting, do nothing, fear government, conservative, religious right government which has gotten us no where!!

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:56 pm

Mort-

I vote on the basis of what each candidate brings to the table in beliefs, propsed actions, and principals.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
3:58 pm

Steve-

The only race baiting on this blog are you and Mrs. Maine. Both opposed to Johnny. What companies have left Ga because we are so “backward”. You are long on hotair and short on facts.

atlshirt.com

April 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

Thurmond ??? Isnt he responsible for our unemployment rate being so high ??? NO WAY IN HELL DOES HE GET MY VOTE !!!!!

????

April 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

RetiredSoldier 3:14 pm

Chambliss is a nice guy if you are lobbyist with money and like to play golf. How can 1 who claims to be a tea party member vote for a RINO like Isakson?

This is Mrs.Norman Maine

April 23rd, 2010
4:07 pm

To soldiers: I made a legitimate observation about politics in this state and your only response was to attack me as a racist. Also I don’t think of either of you really understand the definition of racim as you insist on using it quite out of context.

If what I wrote isn’t true then how else to explain Saxby’s place in the Senate and Oxendine’s candidacy for governor? If it’s beyond your ability to refute my statement, then please drop out of the discussion. Thanks for everything.

ugaaccountant

April 23rd, 2010
4:09 pm

I’m goint to guess ???? that it’s because of the two options, Isakson is better. Now if I could vote for a person that actually had demonstrated a fiscally conservative platform I’d do it in a heartbeat.

ugaaccountant

April 23rd, 2010
4:09 pm

There is no racism in politics Mrs. Norman Maine.

steve

April 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

RetiredSoldier- I see you are like the other conservatives/Republicans- LOST!! Have you not read in the AJC about companies who do not want to relocated their corporate offices here because we will not address our traffic problems??? And The reason we don’t address our traffic issues in this state is because you don’t want “those other people” in your communities therefore you prefer the entire state to fail trying to hurt others when you are hurting yourself!

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

????-

I’m not a tea party member, but I did help organize one. Is Johnny a rino? I don’t think so. Do I agree with every vote he makes, nope. I’m the only person I know that would have a perfect voting record. Besides the only other person that has a possibly to win is Thurmond. Do I think I would like his voting recond better than Johnny. Heck no and not interested in finding out.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
4:15 pm

Now the story is Steve companies won’t come here, you earier blog said they have left. Get your story straight. I’m not lost Steve, I’m very happy somewhere well outside the Atlanta traffic congestion.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm

Mrs. Maine your last post was not understandable. How did Saxby get into this. But whatever you say I’m sure is correct.

Fulton Resident

April 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

This won’t be much of a race. I don’t have anything against Michael Thurmond, I just don’t think he will win.

He is behind in fundraising by $4 million (as in Thurmond has $0 right now), and while most people aren’t crazy about either party, I’m pretty confident the Republicans are hated slightly less than the Democrats these days.

not responsible

April 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

atlshirt.com

April 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm
Thurmond ??? Isnt he responsible for our unemployment rate being so high ??? NO WAY IN HELL DOES HE GET MY VOTE !!!!!

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No, he’s not actually

Got Stomach

April 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm

A person who gets elected to three terms in a statewide race (Thurmond) indeed has cross party appeal.

????

April 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

ugaaccountant 4:09 pm

There is a real conservative running Chuck Donovan running & I will vote for him. Retired Soldier is a old man who tries to talk a good story but won’t accept the facts that both of our Senators are Big Spending, Big Government, Pro Amnesty RINOs. If we had fired Saxby, Johnny would have got the message & we would not have got his $34 BILLION Housing BAILOUT. If we fire Johnny maybe Saxby will get the message & retire after his term is over

http://www.donovanforsenate.com/.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

got stomach-

First intelligent observation, including mine. Two points though, first this is a different level race against someone who has been quite popular. Second, there is a real balcklash here and nationwide action the Dem policies. This will be a banner Rep. year.

Got Stomach

April 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Tea Party, the media focuses on you like people who focus on the clowns at the circus. You are hard to ignore, but the majority of Americans you do not make. Not even close.

Neil Boortz

April 23rd, 2010
4:25 pm

Herman Cain should try again.

RetiredSoldier

April 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

????-

Old man? Last time someone called me that I was teaching ROTC and playing on the intermural basketball team. The coach on the other team said someone stop that old man. I looked at him, smiled, and had 20 points by halftime.

????- You may addree me as sir.

????

April 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

Fulton Resident 4:18 pm

What did Johnny have to do to get $4 Million from the LOBBYIST, part of it has to be Johnny’s $34 BILLION Housing BAILOUT and his vote FOR TARP. Why can’t the Georgia GOP come up with a CONSERVATIVE rather than Johnny?

????

April 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

I am a combat vet, central highlands, 1968-1969.. you haven’t earned sir, in my opinion.