President Barack Obama is at parity in Georgia when matched with three of the four remaining GOP candidates, according to an automated poll conducted last night by 20/20 Insight for the progressive group Better Georgia.
Given the survey’s 3.5 MOE (773 registered – rather than likely — voters polled), any of these November general election match-ups would qualify as a toss-up:
– Mitt Romney, 46 percent; Obama, 45 percent;
– Newt Gingrich, 46 percent; Obama, 45 percent;
– Obama, 47 percent; Rick Santorum, 44 percent;
Click here to check all the top lines, methodology, and question content – all of which can have an impact on survey results. On other topics:
– Drug testing: 64 percent of those polled support drug-testing for those who receive welfare and unemployment benefits. But 83 percent support drug-testing of state elected officials and senior government appointees. Slightly less popular (68 percent) is drug-testing for CEOs and senior executives with corporations that receive special tax credits and government contracts.
– Gun laws: 66 percent oppose extending the right to carry, concealed or otherwise, in places of worship, state mental hospitals, school zones and government buildings.
– Abortion: Here is where things get muddy. A plurality of Georgians, 43 percent, oppose any effort to shorten the 24-week period during which a woman may seek an abortion. Twenty-nine percent support such a measure, and 26 percent find themselves in unspecified middle ground. Or they balked at answering.
– Charter schools: The pollsters apparently experimented with ways to phrase the state Capitol debate over charter schools. All produced large opposing margins.
For all of you who say all three charter school questions (or others) are slanted — well, yes. Polls aren’t just strict gauges of support for this issue or that. They’re also used to decide how to best frame arguments. You’re getting a look inside that process.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider