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Political Rewind: Dismal Biden numbers and election mistrust headline new Georgia poll

Credit: Riley Bunch, GPB News

The Panel:

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

 

The Breakdown:

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. 


 

3. Election changes in a small corner of Georgia make national headlines. 

Listen Listening...  

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Fowler said an atmosphere of mistrust surrounds conversations on election changes, in Lincoln County and beyond.

Tomorrow on Political Rewind:

Bill Nigut and the panel are back on video. Find us on GPB.org or on Facebook.com/GPBnews, or watch us on GPBTV at 7 p.m. Friday.

Copyright 2022 Georgia Public Broadcasting

Bill Nigut has been a program host and producer at Georgia Public Broadcasting since November, 2013. He currently hosts “Two Way Street,” a show that features long-form conversations with authors, artists, chefs, scientists and other creative people who have fascinating stories to tell. He is host and producer of “Political Rewind,” a twice-weekly political roundtable show featuring some of Georgia’s best-informed insiders weighing in on the big state and national political stories.
Sam joined the Political Rewind team in 2019. He graduated American University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and spent time in North Carolina as a reporter at WCHL in Chapel Hill.
Natalie Mendenhall