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.
Tomorrow on Political Rewind:
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