NEW POLL: Overwhelming Majority of Georgians Want Federal Relief for State and Local Governments

July 28, 2020

Despite Georgia Republicans’ attacks on aid proposals, Georgia voters support federal relief to deal with crippling state budget cuts caused by coronavirus pandemic

ATLANTA — A new poll today from PPP showed that an overwhelming majority of Georgia voters want Congress to provide federal relief for state and local governments — even as Georgia Republicans still won’t back this badly needed aid and Senate Republicans “opted against including new funding for state and local governments” in their recently released coronavirus relief package.

This poll comes as Governor Brian Kemp recently signed a devastating state budget featuring over $2 billion worth of cuts — including nearly $1 billion cut from education and millions cut from the state Department of Public Health — while Georgia’s Republican Senate contenders refuse to support relief. Senator David Perdue even recently railed against potential relief for states while Senator Kelly Loeffler has promised to stand by Republican leadership “100%” 

Highlights from the poll:

  • 78% of Georgia voters overall favor aid to state and local governments 
  • 80% of independents favor this position along with 66% of Republicans
  • 66% of Georgians disagree with McConnell’s plan to let states “use the bankruptcy route”
  • President Trump is underwater with Georgia voters and trailing Joe Biden in the state

“Georgia Republicans’ refusal to stand with an overwhelming majority of Georgians and fight for critical relief for our communities is yet another example of these senators putting their DC political allies over our state,” said Alex Floyd, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “It’s time for Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler to decide: Do they stand with their party leadership or with Georgia voters?”

See the full polling memo here.

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