Political Rewind: Dismal Biden numbers and election mistrust headline new Georgia poll
Rep. David Wilkerson — Democratic state representative (D-Powder Springs)
Eric Tanenblatt — Republican insider
Stephen Fowler — Politics reporter, Georgia Public Broadcasting
Dr. Tammy Greer— Professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University
1. New polling in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is a snapshot of Georgia politics in an election year.
- The poll was conducted by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. It surveyed 872 registered voters and reported a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
- Only a third of the Georgia voters polled approved of the job President Joe Biden is doing.
- Moreover, 71% of Georgians think the country is on the wrong track, while 48% say the state is on the wrong track.
- Gov. Brian Kemp’s numbers are split roughly even between approval and disapproval. But a notable percent of those who describe themselves as conservatives say they are unhappy with him.
- The GOP-led campaign to paint the 2020 election as fraudulent seems to be dissolving trust in elections.
- Overall, about 56% of Georgians were confident in the fairness of this year’s upcoming elections.
- Among Republicans, 74% said there was widespread fraud in 2020.
- Over half of Republicans polled doubted the integrity of upcoming elections, compared with a quarter of Democrats.
- Georgians now say that election integrity is the No. 1 issue of concern to them, ahead of the economy.
2. Mental health is top of mind in the state legislature.
- Speaker of the Georgia House David Ralston unveiled a bipartisan bill reforming mental health services on Wednesday.
- Rep. David Wilkerson is a sponsor of HB 678. His legislation aims to improve mental health resources in county jails.
- Wilkerson said jails are often the only resource some families have for dealing with a family member in a crisis.
3. Election changes in a small corner of Georgia make national headlines.
- Lincoln County has a population of about 6,000 registered voters.
- GPB's Stephen Fowler reported on the consolidation of polling locations in that rural community, where the county's election director says polling places are often understaffed.
- Fowler spoke to NPR's All Things Considered about how residents are feeling about elections changes in Lincoln County.
Fowler said an atmosphere of mistrust surrounds conversations on election changes, in Lincoln County and beyond.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
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