Saint Leo University Polling Institute Conducts Public Opinion Poll in Georgia

May 14, 2014

In advance of next week’s Georgia primary election, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute conducted a special survey May 5 and 6 of 1,000 likely voters in the state on their preferences for governor and United States senator. The U.S. Senate survey findings were released May 12. The Georgia governor’s race results were revealed on May 13.

The Republican U.S. Senate primary in Georgia features a deep field with three congressmen and one former secretary of state running for office. Among Democrats, one candidate, Michelle Nunn, has substantial name recognition and statistically ties the leading Republican candidate, David Perdue (41 to 37 percent).

In the gubernatorial race, the incumbent governor, Republican Nathan Deal (pictured), is statistically tied (38 to 35 percent) with Democratic challenger Jason Carter (seated at desk). Carter is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, former president and Georgia governor.

This instant poll is the fourth survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. The inaugural quarterly national poll was launched in December 2013. A second quarterly national poll was conducted in March, and a special snap poll in February (regarding Florida’s 13th congressional district).

Quarterly survey topics include themes related to national politics, Florida politics, religion, consumer culture, and the impact of technology on our lives. The next quarterly poll results will be released June 11-13.

Saint Leo University is well positioned to offer a unique perspective on issues of national and regional interest. In Georgia, Saint Leo operates education centers in three locations in suburban Atlanta and in one location in Savannah.

Through the combination of the poll results and the expertise of Saint Leo faculty, the Saint Leo University Polling Institute provides meaningful insights into various national, regional, and statewide issues.

To view the Saint Leo University Polling Institute’s political and policy results, including methodology, visit the polling institute’s website, You can also follow the institute on Twitter @saintleopolls. Saint Leo’s main website is

Saint Leo University is working with the Center for Research and Public Policy to administer the polling.