PPP survey: 42% of Ga. Republicans would secede, Nathan Deal job approval at 37%

After declaring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss “theoretically vulnerable” this week, Public Policy Polling of North Carolina has run out the rest of its Georgia poll, with these highlights:

– Apparently bruised by bitter campaigns over transportation (lost) and charter schools (won), Gov. Nathan Deal’s job approval rating stands at 37 percent among voters – one reason why Deal, moving into his crucial third year as governor, needs a smooth and productive legislative session in January.

The PPP survey declares Deal to be vulnerable if Democrats are able to muster the right candidate in 2014 – a very large “if.” Some hypothetical match-ups: U.S. Rep. John Barrow, 44/40; Kasim Reed (never happen), 47/40; State Sen. Jason Carter, 46/38.

– Likewise, the fiscal cliff debate may be taking its toll on U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, whose approval rating also stands at 37 percent. But he isn’t up for re-election until 2016.

– Former President Jimmy Carter approve/disapprove rating stands at 55/38. President Barack Obama is at 46 percent approval, matching his Georgia ballot showing in November.

– Chipper Jones should consider politics. The retired Atlanta Braves third-baseman’s job approve/disapprove rating is 57/11.

– Georgia fans outnumber Georgia Tech groupies, 40/17. Which pushes Attorney General Sam Olens’ unfortunate Tweet of last week into irrelevancy.

– 70 percent of those polled thought a new stadium home for the Atlanta Falcons was unnecessary.

– 42 percent of Georgia Republicans said they would be willing to secede from the United States because of President Barack Obama’s re-election. A like number say they wouldn’t. From PPP spokesman Tom Jensen: “I doubt that many Republicans would really secede if they had the choice- not that many people are signing the secession petitions- but their willingness to say they would is a measure of how unhappy they are over the president’s reelection.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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821 comments Add your comment

Intown

December 7th, 2012
1:42 pm

I wish 42% of GA republicans would secede as individuals. As they say: Delta is ready when you are.

pb

December 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Who is PPP anyway? I heard their polls are not very accurate.I doubt very much 42% of Republicans would secede! A silly question, and a silly answer. And also think Deal’s approval rating somewhat above 37%,.Pretty much a waste of time and money poll. Come on !

MANGLER

December 7th, 2012
1:51 pm

If you don’t get YOUR way, you want to dismantle the idea of the United States? For the love of … you are really sad little angry bitter beings, you know that. You smirked indignantly the entire 8 years when your guys destroyed the economy and our standing in the world and now you want to leave? Well go ahead then and move to a Country where you can do what you want and bring times back to the pre-Civil War era (otherwise known as Haiti).

Georgia, The " New Mississippi "

December 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

I wish they would secede too. Our education numbers and scores would PICK UP and improve overnight.

Tom

December 7th, 2012
1:55 pm

I invite anyone who wants to secede to head straight for the don’t-tread-on-me libertarian Utopia known as Somalia. No government at all! A true paradise for conservative deep thinkers like the Georgia GOP.

Clay

December 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

This can not be right. 42% of Georgia Republicans can not think that seceding from the Union is a good idea. This is garbage.

John Wayne

December 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

Yea because we all know Tom, that Liberals are “Deep Thinkers” like yourself.

Robt E Lee

December 7th, 2012
1:58 pm

@Intown…Please head back to Philly or NYC. I’m sure you moved here from the northeast.

E-Lane

December 7th, 2012
2:00 pm

I’m surprised the number isn’t larger. We’ve got lots of ignorant folks in this state!

pb

December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

Sad thing is that the Ga Republicans are still the majority, especially in small towns and rural areas. Same old crooks in state legislature who used to be Democrats, now just run under Republican name. Maybe situation will improve one of these days soon…

Ric

December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

Mangler, we heard this “don’t get your way” BS when Bush won twice. It works both ways brother. And atleast Bush didn’t increase the deficet and spend money we never had, hence the deficit. Idiot. But you liberals LOVE Obama for some reason lol.

td

December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

Georgia, The ” New Mississippi ”

December 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

I wish they would secede too. Our education numbers and scores would PICK UP and improve overnight.

Not meant to be a factual statement. It has been proved over and over again the it is the vast majority of Democratic voters that are poor and uneducated. Keep up that dream buddy.

Jim

December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

The only problem with secession is that the Republicans would be in control. Unfortunately, the we need people who believe in the constitution and individual rights, and both major parties are to the left of JFK.

Ralph Christian

December 7th, 2012
2:02 pm

The door’s open and I will gladly help you pack…get going!

Kris

December 7th, 2012
2:02 pm

Darn tooting….put them in reeds clown trolly car and push them off the fiscal cliff.

If 47% left that would put the average IQ pretty over the top..

Who is the PPP and what does their poll have to do with the price of tea in China.

Auntie Christ

December 7th, 2012
2:03 pm

pb
December 7th, 2012
1:49 pm

Who is PPP anyway?
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Boy, that Google search can really be complicated, but I managed to figure out how to use it, to get the following answer for you from Wikipedia:

“A study by Fordham University found that, of 28 firms studied, PPP had the most accurate poll on the presidential national popular vote, both its independently conducted poll and the one it does in collaboration with Daily Kos and the SEIU. PPP correctly called the winner of the presidential election in all 19 states it polled in the final week of the election, as well as the winners of all the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races it surveyed.”

But, you’re probably like karl rove, the dick, morris and other pox news folk who don’t cotton to all this scientific gobbledy gook polling stuff. You know what you know and don’t even try to tell you differently, right?

Look before I leap...

December 7th, 2012
2:04 pm

That 42% can move to Texas and we’ll gladly give Texas back to Mexico.

Bama

December 7th, 2012
2:04 pm

Regan said it the best, ” I never left the Democrat party, it left me.” Democrats (really liberals) are more anti America, anti God, anti anything traditional and want this country to be a socialist country and it’s happening right before our eyes. That’s what is sad, not Ga Republicans.

Tom

December 7th, 2012
2:05 pm

Well lawsamercy John Wayne, you sure stuck it me! I could never ever ever have thought up such a snappy comeback! What’s your secret?

Jim

December 7th, 2012
2:06 pm

Secede? I voted for Romney, but it’s no surprise the republicans can’t get any momentum going with 42% polled making extremist threats. If there were more level-headed republicans like Saxby Chambliss, there would be more republicans.

ramblingbuzz

December 7th, 2012
2:08 pm

Secession was tried 160 years ago. We fought a war over it, remember? Didn’t accomplish anything then, but now it surfaces again because a minority don’t like the votes of the majority. Just forget about the Constitution and the rule of law because we didn’t get our way. As the other commenters said, nothing is stopping these folks from getting the hell out of the US and going somewhere else. Just don’t try and drag the rest of us with you. And I wouldn’t want to live anywhere where their idea of government is in place.

Don't Tread

December 7th, 2012
2:08 pm

“Apparently bruised by bitter campaigns over transportation (lost) and charter schools (won), Gov. Nathan Deal’s job approval rating stands at 37 percent among voters”

What, no mention of the new stadium? Wonder where that factored in to the 37%?

And I suspect that “secession” number will grow as the Commie-in-Chief continues to bash individual and states’ rights to continue his power grab. (”Limited Federal Government? What’s that?”) The end result is all too predictable.

DawgFan

December 7th, 2012
2:09 pm

Glad to see Gov Deal’s approval rating is below 40%…he needs to go given that he keeps appointing unqualified “friends” to high level positions. The most recent fiasco being appointing someone without a college degree and with no experience with our youth to be the Commissioner of Juvenile Justice.
Also glad to see the GA vs Tech stats, Go DAWGS!

Auntie Christ

December 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

td
December 7th, 2012
2:01 pm

the vast majority of Democratic voters that are poor and uneducated.
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Don’t let any facts dissuade you from your right-wing looney wet dream. Even you should be able to distinguish red and blue on an election map, and see that the states with the hoighest education levels per capita and the highest income levels per capita are colored blue. But as I said earlier to another commenter, Google search is anathema for some people because research might contradict your prejudices and preconceived notions.

Shar

December 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

@Ric, Bush inheirited a surplus from Clinton and over spent it on two unfunded wars, a huge tax cut and adding the prescription drug benefit, plunging us into trillions of debt. But as Cheney said, “Deficits don’t matter.” Now Republicans are screaming about them and pointing fingers at the Democrats, when it would have been much more helpful if they had stopped Bush’s profligacy that lead us here.

Rival

December 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

Those numbers can’t be right. Way more than 42% of Republicans are stupid enough to vote for seccession.

LiveFromSavannah

December 7th, 2012
2:11 pm

@Ric
” And atleast Bush didn’t increase the deficet and spend money we never had, hence the deficit.”

How much meth have you smoked this morning??? IT ALL STARTED WITH BUSH WHEN HE PUT TWO WARS, TWO ROUNDS OF TAXCUTS (DURING WARTIME) AND MEDICARE PART D ON THE CREDIT CARD. That gave us around $7 TRILLION right there! When you sputter complete nonsense like you did, you make it apparent why you DON’T like President Obama. Just admit it, the reason you cannot understand why so many others like him “for some reason” is because YOU HATE HIM because he is…..BLACK (at least in appearance)!

John Wayne

December 7th, 2012
2:12 pm

I don’t stand talking in the wind, Tom. You and your wussy President and wussy party can stick it. My grandmother has bigger balls than Obama. It’s so nice to have a President that apologies to all our enemies. Pff what a joke. Oh, and nice accent Tom ;)

Luny

December 7th, 2012
2:12 pm

Auntie – “”…and the one it does in collaboration with Daily Kos and the SEIU…”

Really? The Daily Kos and the SEIU is who PPP collaborates with? Yeah, i’m sure their polls are completely objective and unbiased.

Cherokee

December 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

“And atleast Bush didn’t increase the deficet and spend money we never had, hence the deficit”

I know Rebublicans can never be bothered with facts, but this one takes the cake….

James

December 7th, 2012
2:15 pm

The state of Georgia is very corrupt and ENTIRELY run by republicans. The General Assembly is considered the worst or one of the worst in the nation. Don’t blame democrats for the problems of Georgia.
@Ric Stop listening to the talk radio and right wing garbage. Those guys are getting rich on you folks by telling you lies and the crap you want to hear. GW Bush ran up the deficit and spent money like a drunk. Remember Clinton left him a balanced budget AND surplus.

Cherokee

December 7th, 2012
2:16 pm

“a President that apologies to all our enemies”

Got a little bit of spittle on your chin, there, buddy.

You’re welcome….

ProJour

December 7th, 2012
2:17 pm

Research indicates that the higher the education level, the more likely a person is to vote Democratic – PolitiFact Georgia, http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2012/nov/05/larry-sabato/education-level-tied-voting-tendencies/

Good

December 7th, 2012
2:18 pm

LET THEM GO!!! LET THEM GO!!! LET THEM GO!!! :) And take Gov. Deal with you! :)

Rc

December 7th, 2012
2:18 pm

Hate him because he is BLACK? LOLOLOL Oh you got me on that. Nice try, pulling out the race card. I really can’t believe you went their. Do all black people really think that? Curious because I would had voted for Herman Cain in a milli second! Stop making this a RACE ISSUES when it’s not. But I’m sure you and OBAMA want it to be! Race has nothing to do with it, it’s his agenda to destroy this country. Not his skin color. Stop pulling out the race card! That gets old!

Auntie Christ

December 7th, 2012
2:20 pm

Luny
December 7th, 2012
2:12 pm
Yeah, i’m sure their polls are completely objective and unbiased.
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You conveniently left out another important portion of my comment when you quoted it, ie the part about them being the MOST ACCURATE. Objective or not, they are ACCURATE.

Old Gold

December 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

And Democrats want facts?? Wow where should we begin?

the cat

December 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

td self deport

Red

December 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

Luny – are you really that ignorant? The actual results speak for themselves. They were the most accurate pollster out there. Get that? Read that again…slower if you need to. Read that they got the election results. When everyone else swore up and down Gallup and Rasmussen were right PPP actually had it right and those two had it wrong in a BAD way. Feel free to toss around slaps about bias. But facts speak for themselves. You clearly cannot grasp reality.

Tap Out

December 7th, 2012
2:22 pm

Of course they would….Georgians are southerners, and southerners have traditionally been the least patriotic of all Americans. They tried to break the union before, and their ancestors will try it again.

ramblingbuzz

December 7th, 2012
2:23 pm

Demo to Repub: You have heard of the Constituion, right?
Repub: Yeah I think Rush mentioned it his show the other day.
Demo: You are aware that the Constitution established by our Founding Fathers establsihed the Electoral College for Presidential Elections?
Repub: Yeah, Rush says we otta elect the Pres by majority vote.
Demo: You need a Constitutional amendment to do that.
Repub: Well p*ss on that, we’ll just secede and set up a Republican constitution so’s we can elect only people who look, think, and act like we do. No more Commies in the White House that way.

James

December 7th, 2012
2:23 pm

td this is for you from the ARC. go to table 2 to see the counties with large % with NO HS DIPLOMA. Mostly republican. Oops. Explains why they are gullible for FOX, Limbaugh and Hannity and that crowd.

http://www.atlantaregional.com/File%20Library/Info%20Center/Newsletters/Regional%20Snapshots/Education%20and%20Schools/RS_NovDec_2012.pdf

Wiseman

December 7th, 2012
2:23 pm

Democrats trying to give “accurate” facts, now that’s Gold :)

Mikes

December 7th, 2012
2:26 pm

I wounder if they did the polling for the TSPOST saying that it would pass.

Terry

December 7th, 2012
2:27 pm

Ramblingbuzz, you’re an idiot. you are aware that on election night, most of the country wad Red. Obama won due to the big cities. This country is still Republican, thank God! How he is still in office? Beats the crap out of me. How can anyone, with a good mind, voted for Obama? Seriously. Worse President ever.

Joe

December 7th, 2012
2:27 pm

PLEASE GOOOOOO! Let them have their 19th century society!

Third Party Queen

December 7th, 2012
2:28 pm

Dems Suck. The GOP Sucks. Isn’t it time for something else? How about a NEW party? Is it a pipe dream to imagine citizen servants who serve for a LIMITED time then return to their hometowns and resume their lives, leaving things better than they found them? Why is this such an impossible task? Anyone else interested? When will we put PEOPLE over PARTY?

YellowJacket

December 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

I wish Athens and the rest of the cow citys would secede. Atlanta runs this state.

All you guys are right wing-nuts!

December 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

PPP must be the alias for KKK. This state is so backward, they have never conceded the South LOST the civil war. I am not a black person, either. Just couldn’t resist putting in my 2 cents.

ramblingbuzz

December 7th, 2012
2:29 pm

Terry……Thanks for proving my point. Yes, you really should secede alonmg with the rest of your Repub brothers.