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Roswell, Ga. – With a little more than 5 weeks to go before the June 20th election, Jon Ossoff holds a 47% to 45% lead over Karen Handel in the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional seat.
Fascinatingly, although Ossoff holds a slight lead over Handel, Handel holds a surprising lead in the favorability rating, with 41% of respondents giving Handel a favorable rating and only 35% giving her an unfavorable rating. The results are flipped when discussing Ossoff. Respondents gave Ossoff a 40% favorability rating and a 45% unfavorability rating.
Georgians also gave Handel a 45% to 43% edge on whom they trust most to handle healthcare, even though only 33% of respondents gave the healthcare law passed by the U.S. House of Representatives a favorable rating, while 42% gave the law an unfavorable rating.
The poll also finds President Trump to have a positive favorability rating, with 46% of respondents approving of the job Trump is doing as president and 43% giving Trump a disapproval rating.
Survey participants were also asked how they felt about Governor Deal. Governor Deal has a strong approval rating, with 53% of respondents giving Governor Deal a positive approval rating and only 26% of respondents disapproving of his job performance.
Perhaps the most interesting finding is how individuals that voted during the special election are leaning now. Ms. Handel has been able to keep 87% of individuals that voted for her, 94% of individuals that voted for Hill, 85% of individuals that voted for Gray, and 90% of individuals that voted for Moody. By contrast, 93% of individuals that voted for Mr. Ossoff in the Primary are leaning towards voting for Mr. Ossoff again. Of individuals that didn’t vote during the Primary, 53% are leaning towards Ossoff, while 32% are leaning towards Handel.
Gravis Marketing, a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random survey of 870 likely voters in Georgia. The poll was conducted from May 8th through the 10th and has a margin of error of ±3.3%. The totals may not round to 100% because of rounding. The polls were conducted using interactive voice responses and an online panel of cell phone users, with the results weighted by demographics.