If it's in the News, it's in our Polls. Public opinion polling since 2003.

 

McCain 54%, Obama 45% in Georgia

While his numbers may be souring in much of the country, John McCain is still strongly ahead of Barack Obama in Georgia, 54% to 45%, in the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.

In August, McCain led Obama 54% to 43%.

Nationally, Obama has been gaining ground steadily in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll ever since the Wall Street debacle began to dominate the news.

In Georgia, McCain has the support of 92% of Republicans and five percent (5%) of Democrats. Obama is backed by 94% of Democratic voters and seven percent (7%) of Republicans. McCain has a 25-point lead among unaffiliated voters.

Men prefer McCain to Obama 62% to 38%, while women, as in much of the country, give the edge to Obama 51% to 46%.

A stunning 99% of the African-American vote goes to Obama, the first black presidential candidate of a major U.S. political party, along with 28% of the white vote. Seventy percent (70%) of whites support McCain.

George W. Bush carried Georgia by double digits in 2000 and 2004. Bill Clinton won the state in 1992 but lost it to Bob Dole in 1996. Rasmussen Markets data gives McCain a Republican Party Nominee to win Georgia's Electoral College Votes in 2008 Election% chance of winning Georgia’s 15 Electoral College votes this fall. At the time this poll was released, Georgia was rated as “Likely Republican” in the Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator. NOTE: Factors other than the latest Rasmussen Reports poll impact the Balance of Power ratings. The current status is indicated on the table in the upper right hand corner of this article.

Sixty-two percent (62%) of Georgia voters have a favorable view of McCain, while 37% regard him unfavorably. Obama has 47% favorables and 53% unfavorables. Fifty-one percent (51%) of white voters say their view of Obama is Very Unfavorable, while 61% of black voters say the same of McCain.

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is viewed favorably by 59% and unfavorably by 39%. Her Democratic counterpart, Senator Joseph Biden, has 50% favorables, 47% unfavorables.

Over half of Georgia voters (52%) say the economy is the most important issue in the election. Sixty-six percent (66%) say the U.S. economy is in poor shape, and 84% say it’s getting worse. Voters trust McCain more than Obama on the economy 54% to 43%.

Only 20% think national security, which was the top concern in Election 2004, is the most important issue now. Again, voters trust McCain in this area 57% to 41%.

New statewide poll results from Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia have been released this week and confirm the national trend favoring Obama.

Recent statewide presidential polls have been released for Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico , North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Demographic crosstabs for all state polling are available for Premium Members. Learn More.

Thirty-one percent (31%) of Georgia voters say President Bush is doing a god or excellent job, but 49% rate his performance as poor.

See survey questions and toplines. Crosstabs are available to Premium Members only.

Georgia
Likely Republican

Latest
RR Poll

RR Poll
Avg.

"538"
Avg.

RR
Mkts.

In
Trade

McCain (R)

52%

52%

51%

Obama (D)

47%

46%

44%

This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 7, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

See Methodology.


Georgia Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/30/2008

52%

47%

10/22/2008

51%

46%

10/07/2008

54%

45%

09/16/2008

54%

43%

08/14/2008

50%

43%

07/17/2008

48%

39%

06/26/2008

53%

43%

06/04/2008

51%

41%

05/06/2008

53%

39%

03/20/2008

53%

40%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in Georgia

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

41%

42%

Somewhat Favorable

16%

8%

Somewhat Unfavorable

17%

10%

Very Unfavorable

26%

39%

Not Sure

0%

1%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


About Rasmussen Reports

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.