The latest polls, by numerous polling agencies, don't look good for Democratic candidates in Georgia
According to a recent poll by Reuters/Ipsos, President Joe Biden's national approval rating is still hovering at 36%, only slightly above his term-low of 33% on January 7th. Tanking Presidential approval ratings, particularly while our economy is doing this poorly, is nothing new. However, what is new, and could be very telling, is that this President's approval ratings are also tanking within his own party.
According to a May 25th, 2022 Core poll by Ipsos, which polled 466 Democrats, 358 Republicans, and 124 Independents, only 20% of all adults polled believed the country was on the right track. That's bad enough. Yet perhaps even more shocking, is that only 38% of those Democrats polled believed the country was on the right track. In perspective with the 7% of Republicans and 17% of Independents who feel the same about the direction of the country, and it's not hard to see the Democrats' cause for alarm.
Further, nowhere is this freefalling inertia of attrition more pivotal than right here in Georgia. This coming November, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is hoping to have a better showing against the man Who beat her in 2018.
Though she didn't go down without a fight, Abrams repeatedly insisted that she actually won the election and that current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp "stole the election" from the Georgia voters. Only after losing a lawsuit she and her supporters filed in federal court to try and overturn the results of the 2018 gubernatorial election, did she partially acquiesce in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper wherein she only modestly conceded that Governor Kemp was the 'legal' Governor of Georgia, but wouldn't go as far as to say he is the "legitimate" Governor.
Fast forward to last week's gubernatorial primaries. Kemp handily defeated former Georgia Senator David Perdue to win the Republican nomination, while Abrams ran unopposed to lock up the Democratic nod and force a November 8, 2022 rematch.
Since those unsurprising victories, all of the current polling projections I can find are pointing to the likelihood that Georgians haven't forgotten about Abram's comments regarding the outcome and her loss to Governor Kemp. In each of those poll projections, Governor Brian Kemp is predicted to defeat her yet again, only this time, much more handily.
I was only able to find one polling source, Race To The WH, that shows Abrams keeping pace within the poll's margin of error. That makes their race prediction a toss-up--at least for now.
The other of Georgia's key November races is the mid-term congressional race for the seat now occupied by Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock. That race, in contrast, appears to be a dead heat. And while all seven of the polling agencies in this report show the respective leads of each candidate to be within each poll's margin of error, it bears noting that Republican challenger and former NFL superstar running back Herschel Walker is projected ahead of the incumbent in 4 of them.
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This is Kurt Dillon reporting -- because the truth matters!