SurveyUSA poll gives Nathan Deal a double-digit lead

Many people were wondering whether all those TV ads that Democrat Roy Barnes had been running about Republican Nathan Deal were having an effect. Here’s one answer – a SurveyUSA poll conducted for 11Alive/13WMAZ/V-103, from the WMAZ website:

A statewide poll conducted for 13WMAZ shows Republican Nathan Deal leading in the race for governor.

In the SurveyUSA poll, Deal had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, Democrat Roy Barnes had 38 percent and Libertarian candidate John Monds had 9 percent.

Four percent of voters in the poll said they were undecided.

The poll’s margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The poll was taken Friday through Sunday and the results cover 599 registered voters who said they were likely to vote in the fall election for governor.

The poll also shows that Republicans lead in the top five statewide races on the ballot, including U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and School Superintendent.

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lmno

September 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

If Nathan Deal gets elected, then indicted, we will have gotten what we deserve.

Marlboro Man

September 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

The state is the loser if Deal wins.

Guy Incognito

September 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

Send the message that you really want change. Vote Monds!

Just Peachy

September 13th, 2010
1:17 pm

yep, lmno I’ve only voted one other democrat (Zel Miller) but looks like the good ol’ GA GOP is forcing me to vote Democrat this go around. From what I can tell Barnes has lined his pockets through hard work and not taking advantage of public office. Deal on the other hand well we ALL know!

David

September 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

While not a big supporter of Deal, we got rid of Barnes once before, and “Barnes isn’t worthy” of a second shot at it!

Dirty Dawg

September 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

Good God…this State is, indeed, doomed. The depths of idiocy on display here is beyond comprehension…then again P.T. Barnum, Abe Lincoln and ‘Brother’ Dave Gardner were all on the right track – ‘There’s one born every minute.’..’You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time (to which I would add a Republican ‘twist’ – ‘and enough of the people enough of the time.)…oh, as for Brother Dave, he amended Abe’s comment to include – ‘And those are pretty good odds.’

mtman100

September 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

I know Nathan Deal for the honest hard working man he is as so does his 9th District. That is why all of us so strongly support him. We know him and know that all of the bad things you all are saying about him are not true.

Vince

September 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

With two horrific candidates, our best hope is that Deal can get elected and then perhaps removed from office. Electing Roy would be the worst way to go.

What we ALL should know...

September 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

Leveraging a report consisting of “inconclusive accusations” issued by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) – an office created by the democratic controlled Congress, Roy Barnesl continues to promote a “myth” surrounding Nathan Deal’s business, Gainesville Salvage Disposal. Barne’s attempts to taint Deal’s 30-year career of public service to the people of Georgia is a desperate “witch hunt” and the record needs to be set straight. Here is the Rest of the Story.
Deal owns a partnership in a salvage business, Gainesville Salvage Disposal (GSD), and like many other similar businesses did, partnered with the state of Georgia. This NO MONOPOLY, NO CONTRACT arrangement allowed state inspectors to use their facility 2 days a month to conduct vehicle inspections. These inspections were conducted as a means to ensure that rebuilt vehicles that had previously been deemed “totaled” by insurance companies were safe for resale and road use.
GSD, like other similar businesses, provided their facilities to the state inspectors at NO CHARGE. The owner/applicant requesting the inspection would pay an inspection fee for each car inspected. These fees were the only revenue and profit gained from this arrangement with the State.
Following consolidation of departments under Governor Sonny Perdue, this state inspection program was placed under the Revenue Department, headed by Commissioner Bart Graham. The program became an “after thought”, and Graham indicated it may be terminated. Following Graham’s announcement, the employees of the department; the state inspectors, began contacting Graham in an effort to get clarification about the future of the program. A concerned salvage business owner in Douglasville even posted the commissioner’s office phone number on the Internet and encouraged people to contact him directly. Graham did not respond to these requests for clarification.
Nathan Deal was approached by a number of the state inspectors and other salvage business owners requesting his assistance in gaining information from the commissioner regarding the future of the program. Nathan agreed to assist, and his Congressional Chief of Staff arranged the meeting. Since the purpose of this meeting was to inquire about the future of the program and not intended to discuss any kind of business relationship, Nathan’s staff did not view use of his Congressional e-mail account to be a “conflict of interest”.
At the meeting, Commissioner Graham said he was considering privatizing the program – allowing private companies to re-title these “totaled” cars without a state inspection. Nathan expressed concerns to the commissioner regarding the safety of these vehicles under such a privatized program, since these businesses would have a “profit motive” to simply re-title as many cars as possible. The commissioner went so far as to say that “Safety is not my concern”. In a Congressional interview Commissioner Graham stated that safety had never been taken into account under the program. In a Congressional affidavit, the state’s top official in the program stated that his boss, Commissioner Graham, was wrong and safety had always been a major concern and priority of inspectors. This same state official elected to take early retirement because of the direction Commissioner Graham was taking the program.
Despite the efforts of Nathan, state inspectors, and other salvage business owners, Commissioner Graham removed all funding for the program from the state budget. Nathan stopped all efforts to see the program continued once this decision was made.
Here are some key facts to consider about these accusations:
 It is difficult to argue that Nathan Deal was “bigfooting” state officials as a Congressman, since the commissioner heeded none of Nathan’s concerns or suggestions.
 Under the new privatized program that Commissioner Graham implemented, Nathan and his business partner could have increased revenues significantly by re-titling cars. These revenues would have far exceeded the small amount (less than 10%) of GSD’s revenues generated under the previous inspection program.
 Out of concerns about vehicle safety, Nathan and his business partner dissolved their relationship with the program. It should be noted that under Commissioner Graham’s new program, it is estimated that 18,000 rebuilt cars are put back on Georgia roads each year without proper inspections.
Nathan Deal has 30 years of public service as an elected official without any accusations of misconduct. He authored Georgia’s first ethics law while serving as a State Senator. He has a record of honesty and integrity that has been challenged by “circumstantial evidence”, bolstered by political opponents trying to win this race based on false accusations and innuendo.

Mad Dog

September 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

Barnes was a heap better governor than the guy who beat him, Sonny Perdue, whose rudderless terms have been a disaster. Roy at least has a shot at getting Georgia out of the ditch it was put into by Glenn Richardson and Sonny.

[...] This just in from Political Insider’s Jim Galloway:  GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal now has a double-digit lead over former Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes. In the SurveyUSA poll, Deal had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, Democrat Roy Barnes had 38 percent and Libertarian candidate John Monds had 9 percent. [...]

JDW

September 13th, 2010
1:39 pm

Just ask yourself was this state better off in 2000 or now?

Then ask yourself why Deal resigned rather than answer ethics questions from a bipartisan ethics commission?

Then just for fun take a look at the list of most corrupt congress people…why there’s Nathan!

DC Deal

September 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

That’s quite a long-winded explanation, What We All.

Just one question: why did he take his Washington DC chief of staff to a meeting with state officials who were in charge of his dealings with the state?

Bill Orvis White

September 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

There is a Lord Almighty who is watching over us — making sure that Georgia and fellow Southern states have righteous leaders who will guide them through bad and good times.
Amen,
Bill

John Galt

September 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

As the poster “What we ALL should know…” above points out, the supposed “ethics” complaints against Nathan Deal don’t amount to anything else but a State bureaucrat’s efforts to keep his phoney baloney job by smearing one of the candidates to replace his boss.

Black Bart, the alleged “Revenue Commissioner” with whom Rep. Deal met, never was qualified for the office he holds, having no education or experience in government before his appointment. He has run the Revenue Department into the ground with his fanatical belief in privatization. Anyone who disagrees with him is a total idiot in his view, fit only to be fired, smeared, and lambasted. As one of the state legislators who had the misfortune to have to deal with him said, “If you could buy Bart for what he’s really worth, and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you’d have it made.”

Appointment of unqualified fanatics to high state jobs calls the judgement of George “Sonny” Perdue severely into question. Thank goodness Black Bart will be unemployed before long no matter who the next Guvna is.

Aquagirl

September 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

Oh, God, DC, don’t ask another question. We’ll be inundated by more bullspit cut ‘n paste.

Bill

September 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

Who trusts a poll anyway? In my book they are meaningless.

CDog

September 13th, 2010
1:58 pm

Deal’s positions on the issues are more in line with the majority of Georgians than are Barnes’, so it should be no surprise that Deal is leading in the polls.

georgiadawg70

September 13th, 2010
2:05 pm

All of you socialist are going to get what you deserve in Nov and I can’t wait.

lmno

September 13th, 2010
2:05 pm

Let’s be honest, Barnes would have won a second term if it weren’t for that stupid flag thing. And in the end, he was right on that.

CobbGOPer

September 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

Then let’s hope the federal grand jury will hurry up and figure out what they’re going to do. I would rather it comes out now than after he gets elected, as honestly Casey Cagle isn’t much of a backup plan. I’d rather have Barnes with a republican legislature (even if the vast majority of those jokers are just as corrupt as Deal) than Deal or Cagle.

David A. Staples

September 13th, 2010
2:17 pm

Notice that John Monds is polling at 21 percent amongst the 18 to 34 year old group. The younger generation is trending Libertarian more and more by the day…

Sick&Tired

September 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

The new Georgia Slogan : “We really do want to be at the bottom of every category and it shows.”

David

September 13th, 2010
2:42 pm

I agree with CobbGOPer.

Interestingly, my home state of Alabama has two much better candidates for Governor than we have here in Georgia. It makes me wonder how we got here in the first place.

Red

September 13th, 2010
2:45 pm

Let’s see. Deal and Cagle get taken out by scandals. What is the order of succession in GA? David Ralston for Governor?

Habib

September 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

Four more years of insider deals. Now how do I get to be an insider?

Matt D.

September 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

The accusations made against Deal were troubling to me. What troubled me was which party controlled the bi-partisan ethice committee? I do know that “the list” of the most corrupt we have seen posted on these blogs was compiled by a left wing group. I predict that there will be NO idictment and that this entire episode is nothing more than democratic party tactics. Barnes has attempted to use this against Deal and I don”t believe it is working.

What we ALL should know...

September 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

It was a long comment to include the FACTS which certain news outlets either refuse to print or aren’t aware of. To answer your question with a question, have you ever met with a Congressman? Every time I’ve met with one he or she has come with the COS, and/or other staff. They take the notes, gather the info and usually are the ones that the Congressman has do the work. In other words they are invaluable to a person who may have as many as 10 meetings a day.

DamntheButcher

September 13th, 2010
2:52 pm

It’s just my opinion but I think Nathan Deal is useless. I don’t think Roy Barnes is any better either. I live in the district that Nathan Deal has been the U.S. Rep for the last 18 years. I can’t name a single thing he has ever done in my area (Dalton/Chatsworth). Maybe there are some things but I don’t know of them. Nathan Deal talks about getting tuff on the illegals and he has been the Rep for the 2 cities in GA with the highest % of illegals (Dalton & Gainesville). I think he is lower than a snake.

I think Roy Barnes is just as low. Roy endorsed Kaseem Reed in the Atlanta Mayors race for one reason and that was to get the black vote. I think kaseem is doing a great job but to endorse someone for a racial reason I think is Wrong.

Matt D.

September 13th, 2010
2:53 pm

Damn typos . . . “ethice” should read “ethics”.

catlady

September 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

God help us! I hope they were polling people in nursing homes suffering from dementia! Barnes is a dud but he probably will do less harm. We have seen what 8 years of Funny SOnny can do, so no one else from his party can be elected until we catch back up–should take at least a decade IF things go well.

catlady

September 13th, 2010
3:01 pm

Red, you really don’t want to go THERE!

deegee

September 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

I live in Nathan Deal’s 9th district. He is a waste of time. God help us if he becomes the governor of Georgia.

JJ Frongley

September 13th, 2010
3:02 pm

All of you folks that are lamenting both Deal and Barnes. Let’s pull together and show both major parties we are tired of their antics. VOTE LIBERTARIAN! VOTE MONDS!

No DEAL

September 13th, 2010
3:03 pm

Before it is over with, you will see pictures of Deal holding a little sign with his “resident” number on it advertising his new living arrangements.

Bill from Cobb

September 13th, 2010
3:08 pm

Do most of these posters here get paid by the democrats? If so where can I sign up?

dd

September 13th, 2010
3:13 pm

Too funny, Bill. I’m guessing that most of the posters here who are “troubled” by Deal, would turn around and vote for Charley Rangel or Ms. Waters without hesitation. What a bunch of political BS.

HyJenks

September 13th, 2010
3:15 pm

Hard to believe that it’s even that close. “King Roy” was fired by Georgia voters after serving one term. No second chance will be given, glad he apologized and claimed to have learned his lesson but I doubt it’s going to matter on election day.
If it was up to only voters in the Atlanta area he may have a chance but the rest of the state doesn’t suffer from memory loss.
IMO – Perdue has been a good governor – as indicated by his two terms.
Barnes – not again, no way, no how. The 38% that support him – why? Voting along party lines I would imagine.

Captain

September 13th, 2010
3:17 pm

Was I better off in 2000? Yes, I was better off in 2006 as well. The country was better off in 200-2006 BEFORE Roy Barnes Democrat friends took control of the U S Congress and along with his man, Barack Obama, began to systematically destroy the free enterprise system and install Government run Medical Insurance.

Never forget Roy Barnes sued the State of Georgia over the law requiring a photo ID to vote. One has to have a photo ID to sign loan documents, to buy a bottle of booze or a drink, to cash a check, to go through Airport Security, to buy a cell phone, but Roy thinks it’s a bit too much to ask for photo ID to vote???? The same folks buying the liquor, borrowing money, cashing checks, and buying cell phones suddenly are infringed upon to show that same ID to vote?

This is the same Roy Barnes who broke ground, stuck the shovel in the ground himself mind you, in Pooler for a Mercedes Benz plant aobut three weeks before the election he lost. I’ve talked to people in the area, there aren’t many Mercedes Benz automobiles rolling off that assembly plant, as a matter of fact the plant was never built. Maybe Roy can explain that one while he’s defending suing the state over the voter ID law.

Nathan Deal is the Republican nominee because whoever ran Karen Handel’s campaign has to be one of the dumbest political consultants in campaign history.

Guy Incognito

September 13th, 2010
3:19 pm

Even a 7-9% vote for Monds would send a message that the 2 party choke-hold is tenuous. They’ll be forced to pay attention, if for no other reason than survival.

Bed Spellers: UNTIE!

Libertarians: UNITE!

lmno

September 13th, 2010
3:21 pm

“IMO – Perdue has been a good governor”

I just spit water all over my computer!

You are hilarious!

BG

September 13th, 2010
3:22 pm

Yes, Deal would be the right choice. We don’t need ole Roy back in office for another 4 years. His first 4 years was just plain awful!

Georgia female

September 13th, 2010
3:24 pm

I also live in Mr. Deal’s district, and I do support him as our governor. He is so humble, at times too humble! He is a good man who will do everything in his power to be the kind of leader that Ga. needs.

lmno

September 13th, 2010
3:31 pm

Nathan Deal is a corrupt relic of Washington DC. Even his own ad was a lie. You know the one where he exploited his grandchildren. He tells his grandchild that he is running for Governor because “The folks in Washington DC are spending too much money”. That would be all well and good if he was running for congress, but he is not. In fact, he quit his congressional job where he actually had an input on federal spending to avoid answering ethics questions and is running for Governor where he has no voice on Federal Spending. Lying to his own Grandchildren for political gain. Using his political power for financial gain. The guy is a piece of crap, through and through.

Todd

September 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

Nathan may have some questions about his background but I wouldn’t call him corrupt. Barnes screwed Georgia up and is arrogant and has even sued the state for clients as a lawyer so all of you Liberal losers can move when Nathan whips Barnes arse!!!

RGB

September 13th, 2010
3:36 pm

The WSJ had a piece today about Democrats running away from Barack Obama:

But the prize goes to former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes, vying to get his old job back: Not only is ObamaCare “financially devastating,” it is “the greatest failure, modern failure, of political leadership in my lifetime.”

Funny thing: I never recall Barnes saying anything of the kind until now. Last election he was depicted as a Rat. Maybe now he should be shown as a chameleon.

@ what we ALL should know

September 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

You just cut and pasted that crap from Nathan Deal’s website.

1stcav

September 13th, 2010
3:40 pm

I love to hear you liberals squeal. In November, you will be squealing very loudly. Common sense and business sense will continue to rule at the Capitol. Gov. Perdue has been a great governor but the far left leaning AJC has bashed him from day one.

Matt D.

September 13th, 2010
3:46 pm

How much does the democrat party pay its’ paid bloggers? After a little while of doing this, you can almost pick them out!

Simplythetruth

September 13th, 2010
3:48 pm

If Deal is so corrupt, then why doesn’t the “ethically pure” Democrat Party get him legally indicted? They’ve tried to get the” ethically pure, non-partisan” media to do it. Perhaps, they are too busy avoiding the real story of Fat Boy Barney, Creepy Chris and Pretty Boy Geitner’s financial shenanigans that really led to the current financial meltdown. Does Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae ring a bell? No thanks, one dose of Barnes should be enough for anyone.