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Rasmussen Poll on Ga Gov Race
Thursday, 21 January 2010

January 21--If former Governor Roy Barnes is the Democratic nominee, this year's gubernatorial race in Georgia is a toss-up for now.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state finds that Barnes attracts 42% or 43% of the vote when matched against any of the top Republican hopefuls. The GOP candidates attract support ranging from 42% to 44%.

John Oxendine, Georgia’s fire and insurance commissioner, picks up 44% of the vote while Barnes gets 42% in that match-up. Oxendine holds a wide lead in the 2010 Republican Primary.

If Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel is the Republican on the ballot, it’s Barnes by a point, 43% to 42%. The numbers are the same - 43% to 42% - if Barnes is matched against GOP Congressman Nathan Deal.

If State Attorney General Thurbert Baker wins the Democratic nomination, he trails each of the three Republicans by double digits. Baker is a distant second to Barnes in the Democratic Primary race.

See the individual results and all question wording by clicking HERE.

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Forty percent (40%) of Georgia voters favor the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Fifty-eight percent (58%) are opposed.

Those numbers are similar to the national average. As is the case throughout the country, the intensity rests on the side of those who oppose the plan. Just 25% of Georgia voters Strongly Favor the legislation while 50% are Strongly Opposed.

Sixty-six percent (66%) in Georgia say it’s at least somewhat likely there will be another terrorist attack in the United States this year, and 78% favor the use of full body scanners at airports.

Five percent (5%) rate the economy as good or excellent, while 56% say it’s in poor shape. Thirty percent (30%) believe the economy is getting better, and 42% think it’s getting worse.

Forty-four percent (44%) approve of the way the president is performing his job, but 55% disapprove. That’s similar to the national assessment in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Current Republican Governor Sonny Perdue wins favorable ratings from 58% and unfavorable reviews from 40%. He is term-limited and cannot seek reelection.

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