Poll Favors Oxendine & Barnes for Governor
Monday, 15 March 2010

March 15--  Strategic Vision, LLC, a public relations and public affairs agency, announced the results of a four-day poll of 800 likely Georgia voters conducted March 5-8, 2010.  The poll has a margin of error of ±3.5 percentage points.  In the poll, 310 (39%) Republican voters were surveyed; with 270 (38%) Democratic voters surveyed; with 20 Libertarians (3%) 30 other party affiliation (4%) and 170 (21%) Independents polled.  Crosstabs are available upon request.

When asked if they approved or disapproved of Governor Sonny Perdue’s job performance, 50% approved; 36% disapproved; and 14% were undecided.  Forty-nine percent of respondents approved of Senator Saxby Chambliss’ job performance; 35% disapproved; and 16% were undecided.  Senator Johnny Isakson had 43% approving of his job performance; 32% disapproving; and 25% undecided.

“The most dramatic number in this is the drop of support for Senator Isakson,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, LLC.  “For Governor Perdue his approval numbers have been holding steady.”

The results of the poll showed that 37% of those polled approved of President Barack Obama’s overall job performance; with 50% disapproving; and 13% undecided.  When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the economy, 31% approved; 54% disapproved; and 15% were undecided.  When asked if they approved of the President’s overall foreign policy, 40% approved; 46% disapproved; and 14% were undecided.  When asked if they approved or disapproved of the President’s handling of terrorism, 42% approved; 36% disapproved; and 22% were undecided.  When asked if they approved or disapproved of how President Obama is handling health care, 31% approved; 54% disapproved; and 15% were undecided. 

“The economy and healthcare are the major numbers driving the President’s low numbers along with the Republican tilt of the state,” said Johnson.

When asked if voters approved or disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job, 10% approved; 80% disapproved; and 10% were undecided.

“Approval for Congress is at the lowest point that we have polled in over two years,” said Johnson.  “A large majority of Independents disapprove of Congress and this could potentially affect a race like Jim Marshall’s, Sanford Bishop’s or John Barrow’s.”

When asked if they approved or disapproved of the way the Georgia State Legislature’s job performance, 28% approved; 27% disapproved; and 45% were undecided.

When voters who stated they would be voting in the Republican primary were asked their choice for Governor in 2010, the results were Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine 30%; Secretary of State Karen Handel 17%; Congressman Nathan Deal 13%; State Senator Eric Johnson 9%; State Representative Austin Scott 2%; businessman Ray McBerry; 2%; State Senator Jeff Chapman below 1% and 27% undecided.

“Oxendine continues to lead in the race as he has done throughout all of our polling,” said Johnson.  “While his support in our polling has declined it continues to be Oxendine against the field with the other contenders struggling for a runoff position with him.”

“Former secretary Handel increased her support from our previous polling,” said Johnson.  Her increase in support echoes the positive amount of media coverage that she has had with her reformist and outsider message that seems to be playing well in an anti-establishment year.”

“Congressman Deal despite a topsy-turvy several weeks has actually increased his support from previous polls,” said Johnson.  “He has a strong solid base in his congressional district.”

“Senator Johnson is the only other candidate of note in this current poll,” said Johnson.  “His support increased to 8.5%, add into that fundraising totals when utilized in a media blitz could propel his candidacy into a runoff spot.”

When Republicans were polled for the primary race to succeed John Oxendine as State Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner, the results were State Senator Ralph Hudgens 11%; attorney Maria Sheffield 7%; State Senator Seth Harp 4%; State Representative Tom Knox 2%; Gerry Purcell 2%; John Mamlakis 2%; Stephen Northington 2%; former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon below 1%; and 70% undecided.

“The race to succeed Oxendine while still fluid is beginning to center more and more on Hudgens and Sheffield with Republican voters who are beginning to focus on the race,” said Johnson.

When Democrats were asked their choice for Governor the results were former Governor Roy Barnes 44%; State Attorney General Thurbert Baker 22%; Former State Labor Commissioner, Ex-State Adjutant General Poythress 2%; House Minority Leader Dubose Porter 2%; Ray City Mayor Carl Camon 1% and 29% undecided.

“While Barnes continues to lead in the race, what is striking is how consistent his level of support has remained which raises the question is his ceiling of support between 40% to 45%,” said Johnson.

Strategic Vision, LLC is an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency.  Results are based on telephone interviews with 800 likely voters in Georgia, aged 18+, and conducted March 5-8, 2010  by telephone. The margin of sampling error is ±3.5 percentage points.  Additional information on Strategic Vision, LLC may be obtained at www.strategicvision.biz.
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