Nathan Deal hits 50 percent in Rasmussen poll

For the first time since he became the Republican nominee for governor, Nathan Deal has reached the magic 50 percent mark in a Rasmussen Reports poll.

Democrat Roy Barnes comes in at 41 percent, and Libertarian John Monds ties with undecided voters at 3 percent.

Last month, Rasmussen had the pair closer, with Deal at 45 percent and Barnes at 39 percent.

The Rasmussen poll undergirds two important points:

– The last few weeks – dominated by news of the former congressman’s financial distress — have raised Deal’s unfavorable ratings with voters significantly, though Barnes raises even more hackles;

– But uncertainty about the economy remains the driving force in the race.

The stats: 750 likely voters, conducted Oct. 6, MOE of +/- 4 percentage points. The poll is automated.

Some of the Rasmussen analysis:

Eleven percent (11%) of all voters in the state rate the U.S. economy as good or excellent, but 54% describe it as poor. Thirty-one percent (31%) say the economy is getting better, while 44% say it’s getting worse.

Barnes has an overwhelming lead among voters who say the economy is improving. Deal has an equally solid lead among those who think things are worsening economically.

Forty-nine percent (49%) of the state’s voters have a favorable opinion of Deal, with 14% who view him Very Favorably. He is viewed unfavorably by 47%, including 22% with a Very Unfavorable view.

For Barnes, favorables are 44% and unfavorables 54%, including 23% Very Favorable and 33% Very Unfavorable.

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Mr. KnowitAll

October 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

…doesn’t look like King Roy’s mud slinging tactics are working.

See evil, hear evil, speak the truth

October 7th, 2010
3:07 pm

I wish just one reporter would ask Rasmusen to explain the ‘with leaners’ model. It appears to only add to Deal’s and Barne’s… but undecideds stay the same, while votes are stolen from John Monds. One would think that adding ‘leaners’ everyone’s numbers would goi up.

earl

October 7th, 2010
3:10 pm

http://www.getrealgeorgia.com. Go to this site for some honest and true information. Nothing to do with AJC OR ANY OTHER LIBERAL MEDIA. Tell your friends about this informative web-site.

R is for Recession

October 7th, 2010
3:11 pm

Shows you how dumb half the state of Georgia really is…..

Banjo

October 7th, 2010
3:14 pm

Even if you think the choices are poor, how could you support a financial goof for CEO of a state in the throes of a meltdown. Is party worth it. Like him or not, Barnes was seen as a financial expert on state gov’t when he was in the legislature and his personal finances show savvy. Deal … well, you know how that’s going. He either failed to advise the family member to do due diligence or didn’t have the business acumen to know it should have been done. Millions on a outdoor recreation superstore near the White County line. Who thought that was a good idea, besides the now defunct lender?

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
3:30 pm

R is for Recession:

“Shows you how dumb half the state of Georgia really is…..”

I could not agree with you more! Imagine, 50% are for either Roybama, Monds or are undecided.

I’m sure THAT is 50% you are talking about!

greg best

October 7th, 2010
3:31 pm

It ain’t over til it’s over. As election day approaches, voters will get a little more serious and reject the shady Deal.

Veteran Observer

October 7th, 2010
3:32 pm

It is amazing how if the voters of this state do not agree with the opinions of the pseudo-intellectuals, they are “dumb” and uneducated and cannot understand the “Truth”! Enough of this, stick to the issues and put forth reasonable and economical solutions and the people will decide! This is what has gotten President Obama and his advisors in major trouble! They believe that their opinions and ideas are the only valid ideas and they do not listen to anyone else! The people will not tolerate that arrogance and condescension in their leaders! They believe as George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, that “some animals are more equal than others”! Sadly, Roy Barnes is reaping the negative effects of his association and support of this group and the people do not like it!

songbird

October 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

If Rasmussen is showing him with 50%, it’s likely 45%. Their method of surveying is not that good. They use robo calls and only call landlines. How many people don’t answer their phone or hang up when they get the robo call. And, more and more people don’t have landlines. I’ve never gotten a call from them yet.

Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

October 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

What ever you do, donot believe the Rasmussen poll. This polster is truly a gop polster; so is the site recommended by earl. Get real GA because deal is NOT the real deal..VOTE ROY 2010!!!!

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lmno

October 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

What a testament to the people of Georgia!

Look out South Carolina, you’re not the only one who can elect a Governor that will disgrace your state!

Man, I hope this guy wins and then is indicted and then Casey Cagle is indicted too. Its a possibility.

Take that Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia! When people think of the dumbest state in the Union, its going to be Georgia! Go Nathan Deal go!

Chuck Allison

October 7th, 2010
3:41 pm

It sure feels good to know that Roybama will not be a significant threat this November. I can’t really believe he had the nerve to run again. He and Jimmy Carter are the two worst Georgia governors in my lifetime.

BillS

October 7th, 2010
3:44 pm

Worst governors? How about Herman Talmadge? Lester Maddox? Sonny Perdue? and potentially, Nathan Deal.

al

October 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

Sorry, we fired Roy once. He ain’t coming back!

Bridgette

October 7th, 2010
3:48 pm

I have yet to be polled!

Bridgette

October 7th, 2010
3:54 pm

Deal hid all of his business, taking away the voters options to go with someone else if they didn’t like that fact that he had so much debt. He has to sell his home, so he will need a place to stay. Why not the govenor’s masion….ha!

Nothing like having your options taken away…

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
3:58 pm

greg best:

You’re right. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings . . . but she’s warming up now and the song she is rehearsing is “Bye, Bye Barnes”. Governor Nathan Deal – that souns so natural, somehow so RIGHT.

Ralph

October 7th, 2010
3:59 pm

“– The last few weeks – dominated by news of the former congressman’s financial distress — ” mostly from Barnes’ early TV buys and AJC shilling. But it didn’t work.

Barnes is a known quantity which has been rejected by the electorate, and his shady trial lawyer client list and fight against Georgia’s popular voter ID law all worked against him.

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
3:59 pm

Bridgette:

Maybe Governor Deal will invite you to a tour of the Governor’s Mansion?

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
4:02 pm

Ralph:

What I am waiting to see is Barnes’ admission of supporting Obama in Governor Deal’s TV ads, played again and again and again . . .

BillS

October 7th, 2010
4:04 pm

Please explain how a man who has so messed up his own financial life — also who has used his elected position to influence legislation in his favor — makes for a good governor? Barnes has got plenty of baggage, but Deal is no deal at all. Sorry choioces to run this state.

Swede Atlanta

October 7th, 2010
4:09 pm

I’m surprised the two political parties could not give Georgia voters more qualified candidates.

Deal cannot manage his own financial affairs, is corrupt and uses any power he has for personal gain.

Barnes is a recycled candidate from years gone past but in my view is probably the lesser of the two evils.

Either way the residents of Georgia are sc***ed because if Deal is elected taxes will be cut further for his buddies, services will be cut and Georgia will slide further toward being 50th in the nation. If Barnes were to squeak out a victory, the GOP-controlled General Assembly would prevent any meaningful legislation from being passed.

Time to move somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon line my friends.

td

October 7th, 2010
4:11 pm

lmno

October 7th, 2010
3:41 pm
What a testament to the people of Georgia!

Look out South Carolina, you’re not the only one who can elect a Governor that will disgrace your state!

Man, I hope this guy wins and then is indicted and then Casey Cagle is indicted too. Its a possibility.

Take that Alabama, Mississippi, and West Virginia! When people think of the dumbest state in the Union, its going to be Georgia! Go Nathan Deal go!

Why do yu libs think the state is dumb to reject the phlosopy of redistrbuting wealth? Barnes lied to the people of this state and Obama lied. They do not trust him and as a result he will not win the election. The poeple are not dumb? I think they can smell and rat and Roy is the KING RAT.

Sick&Tired

October 7th, 2010
4:12 pm

I just read a quote where Nathan Deal said that Georgia should continue to negotiate with Alabama and Florida in “Good Faith” to solve our water issues. However, we have been negotiating with Alabama and Florida in “Good Faith” for 8 years and with three Republican governors. If three Republican governors can’t come to an agreement in 8 years; there is no need to continue negotiations. We need a new plan and Nathan Deal should have offered a real solution, especially since he was in D.C. where the best of deals are made.

td

October 7th, 2010
4:17 pm

Last Man Standing: I think I hear the fat lady singing in the background: “Ain’t it great to be a cccooonnnssseeerrraaatttiiivvveee”!!!!!!!! It makes me want to put on my dancing shoes:-)

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
4:19 pm

Swede Atlanta:

Head ‘em up, move ‘em out. I-75, I-85, Greyhound or Delta will get you there. Goodbye.

Karen Handel Supporter

October 7th, 2010
4:21 pm

Well I already voted for Barnes and my family did also we just dont trust Nathan Deal he is a crook.

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
4:22 pm

td:

Yes, it is! Just good old=fashion common sense makes one a conservative. Apparently the supply of common sense was not large enough and some folks didn’t get any.

Ralph

October 7th, 2010
4:27 pm

Here is the death-knell for Barnes which was left out (probably on purpose) by the AJC recap of the Rasmussen poll:

“Deal holds a double-digit lead over Barnes among voters not affiliated with either political party.”

Georgia is already a Republican state, and with Independents breaking for Deal – this election is over.

td

October 7th, 2010
4:27 pm

Karen Handel Supporter, And what Republicans did you also vote for down ballot? I would suspect none because I may believe you crossed over and voted for Handel in the primary but I doubt that you would have voted for her in the general election. I true conservative would have just stayed home or not voted in the governors race. They would not under any circumstances voted for Barnes.

David

October 7th, 2010
4:34 pm

Karen Handel supporter-What the hell do you think Barnes is? He wrote the book! He’s a windbag who made his money by as an attorney? Enough said!

Will

October 7th, 2010
4:43 pm

I doubt Roy Barnes can do anything to significantly close this gap. Georgia is certainly part of the national hysteria that will mostly likely sweep republicans into the majority in both houses of Congress and to a significant increase in statehouses.

I almost hope this is true so that the republican majority will then be responsible for putting into place legislation that will fix everything. They will no longer be able to simply vote against everything President Obama proposes. By 2012 the republicans will have done nothing and the fringe candidates swept in the House this year will be swept out of office as the fickle American voter continues to swing from one political party to the other.

I pray the republicans will nominate Sarah Palin (wildly popular with the far right wing of the republican party but someone who has negatives higher than Presient Obama with independents)in 2012, thus giving President Obama the clearest road to re-election

older conservative

October 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

Will, If you are an Obama supporter, then How can you not see his tactics? with health care, the economy, his Socialistic staff. He does not even respect Congress; he simply uses them.
Georgia wants more. I am neither a Democrate or Republican, but I do have enough experience to see through Mr. Barnes’ second time around ploy.

findog

October 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

Vet Ob,
What are the issues in a horse race poll story?

captguitarman

October 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

Too bad for Georgia. No real choice again. If you think about it though, Georgia has had lots and lots of bad, cartoonish governors. Governors who would have made sure, had it not been for Atlanta, that Georgia would have been just more Alabama and Mississippi. Zell Miller is about the only good Georgia recent governor I can think of at the moment. Lots of embarrassments, and Rasmussen says we are headed for another one. It will be either “King” Roy or the “Real” Deal who follows in the foot steps of “What Me Worry” Sonny Perdue, and most likely the Real Deal — all of them cut out of the same cloth at the end of day. It’s kind of funny how the Real Deal’s campaign adds somehow give you the impression that What Me Worry? Sonny and his 8 year term of office never existed. Of course, you could make a good argument that they never did. More of that now? And with a guy desperate to get back on his financial feet sitting in the governor’s mansion (at least he will have a house to live in if he gets elected). And, in these times. God help us. The one real choice, the one real difference, who would have shined a bright light on bidness as usual under the Gold Dome, and and would have tried to move this state forward like North Carolina and Tennessee, fell victim to dishonest campaigning and desperate information stonewalling in the Republican primary. Way too bad. Atlanta may not have any drinking water in a couple of years, and highway gridlock up to Chattanooga and Greenville, SC, but I’m betting that the Real Deal will be able to improve on What Me Worry? Sonny’s Merlot to Go legacy, and become a millionaire while doing it.

Sandra

October 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

I don’t want to hear a single Republican say that they have any ethics or even believe in them.

findog

October 7th, 2010
4:57 pm

BillS, you leave Lester out of this or I’ll get my axe handle

Michael B. Shapiro

October 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

Trying to understand the attorney-bashing here. Who represents people when they’ve been hurt, disenfranchised, wrongfully accused of crimes, etc.? What does being an attorney have to do with this? Oh, perhaps attorneys understand how laws WORK, not just how to pass them and the sound bites that often go with that process.

findog

October 7th, 2010
5:01 pm

S&T, it is not fair to claim that the republicans have run the state for eight years. Revisionist history now says that Sonny was just a conservative democrat who had to swap parties to get elected. Congressman Deal did the same thing after two years as a conservative democrat in the house he jumped ship to join Newt’s revolution.
SO, we still must wait at least four more years before we could possibly see what a real republican could do as governor…

Billy in Savannah

October 7th, 2010
5:03 pm

Rasmussen in known as GOP leaning, although it may be true. It cannot be here in Sav as I know MANY Republicans silently voting for Barnes. Do not give up Barnes supporters. (Hope you are well, Last Man). Nice to see you blogging, although I totally disagree with you.

findog

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm

td cannot be a conservative republican
Every one knows or g@y’s have dancing shoe’s
He’s out of the closet now, must be one of the log cabin types

td

October 7th, 2010
5:05 pm

Sandra, I am a conservative and I believe in ethics. I believe that the liberal philosophy is the most unethical group I have ever seen. They govern one way and they run a completely different way. Unless Deal had actually been indicted or convicted of one of the seven deadly sins then he is 1000% more ethical than any liberal\progressive running for office. How is that for ethics?

td

October 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

findog

October 7th, 2010
5:04 pm
td cannot be a conservative republican
Every one knows or g@y’s have dancing shoe’s
He’s out of the closet now, must be one of the log cabin types

Nice try and too funny. My dancing shoes happen to be cowboy boots:-)

findog

October 7th, 2010
5:09 pm

td, last man you partner? This mutual admiration society the two of you have is hillarous…

bart

October 7th, 2010
5:13 pm

What a shame that we will have a governor with very poor ethics, poor judgement, and possible even a crook. When I look at the 2 choices in Tennessee, both capable, honest men, I cannot believe that in Georgia, we will continue to be a backward state until we have honest, ethical, intelligent people running for public office. Surely we can do better than the 3 losers we have running this year. However, our electorate is so dumb, we would elect Hitler if he had a R by his name.

td

October 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

findog

October 7th, 2010
5:09 pm
td, last man you partner? This mutual admiration society the two of you have is hillarous…

These blogs are written for, controlled by and mostly posted with liberals. We are in the minority of conservatives on the blog and have to stand up for each other to try to convince you libs to come over from the dark side of the force. It is a calling and we can not give up on you all and let you wonder in the darkness forever:-)

Last Man Standing

October 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

td:

“Karen Handel Supporter, And what Republicans did you also vote for down ballot?”

You nailed it! I have given a lot of thought to the outcome of the Republican run-off. It is not too far-fetched to consider that democrat crossover voting gave Governor Deal the nomination. The democrat way of thinking would have been that Governor Deal would be the easier candidate for Roybama to face in the general election. While I support and have voted for Governor Deal, I think that ANY candidate put forward by the Republican Party would have been a winner this year. Democrats will feel the Obama “backlash” throughout America.

On the national level, the democrats, with the support of the liberal news media, have branded Republicans as the “Party of No”. Although Republicans have offered alternatives to the socialist democrat bills, the liberal news media has seen fit to ignore that fact. After inauguration, Governor Deal and all Republicans must go to work to encourage investing, new business start-ups and new employmeny opportunities in the private sector. The climate will doubtless be much more business-friendly. This is what it will take to begin the turn around in this recession – which did NOT end in 2009.

td

October 7th, 2010
5:17 pm

bart

October 7th, 2010
5:13 pm
What a shame that we will have a governor with very poor ethics, poor judgement, and possible even a crook. When I look at the 2 choices in Tennessee, both capable, honest men, I cannot believe that in Georgia, we will continue to be a backward state until we have honest, ethical, intelligent people running for public office. Surely we can do better than the 3 losers we have running this year. However, our electorate is so dumb, we would elect Hitler if he had a R by his name.

Well come on over to the Republican party and work hard for moderate candidates in the primaries. You have a chance to make a difference here because the Democratic party is done for at least a decade if not longer in Georgia.

Bobby Anthony

October 7th, 2010
5:18 pm

If Barnes had not alienated teachers when he was in office the first time he would win this race.

Teachers. No teacher with any sense could vote for Barnes. Just before the 1998 election Barnes was asked by teachers if he would he touch tenure. He said repeatedly that he would not. Just weeks after the election he stated that he had experienced a revelation and that he wanted to end teacher tenure. Again, many people, even in education, thought that was a good idea, but to outright lie about it just to get votes was infuriating.

Teachers, Part 2: Barnes introduced his A+ Reform Act. Teachers had many concerns about it. Namely…the use of high stakes standardized tests to promote students and to award teacher raises. He thought that teachers who worked in high risk/under performing schools should get paid LESS. We wondered about his insistence that mentally disabled students achieve at grade level. When teachers tried to explain their reservations about the Act to him he responded by saying, You are in danger of losing my respect and the respect of the people of Georgia. So, we stayed quiet and responded at the polls three years later.

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.