ATLANTA - The nation's eyes are on the special election in Georgia's 6th district. Now, a new exclusive 11Alive poll, conducted by SurveyUSA shows hints of what some call "the Trump effect."
As first reported by 11Alive News earlier this week, democrat Jon Ossoff is dominating the historically Republican stronghold. Eighteen candidates are scrambling to fill the vacuum left behind when Tom Price was appointed as President Donald Trump's secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.
In the 11Alive poll, Ossoff grabs 43% of likely voters. Republicans Karen Handel (15%), Bob Gray (14%), and Dan Moody (7%) round out the top four. All other candidates combined make up 15%, and an additional 7% are undecided. Right now, Ossoff polls below the 50% needed to avoid a runoff.
EXCLUSIVE POLL | Democrat Jon Ossoff dominates district 6 with two weeks to go
A deeper look tells us what's important to District 6 voters as they head into the polls.
Should Obamacare be replaced?
When asked: "One of the issues that the newly elected member of Congress will focus on is health care. Do you think the Affordable Care Act, should be...
- Left is place as is 6%
- Left in place but improved 50%
- Replaced entirely 40%
- Not Sure 4%
Within the majority saying it should be left in place but improved, Ossoff gets 75% of the vote. Of voters who say that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed entirely, Gray edges Handel 32% to 31%.
What should be focus for Congress?
When asked: "The Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was pulled without a vote last week. What do you think should be the next focus of the President and a Republican Congress?
- Another try at health care 21%
- Tax Reform 33%
- Infrastructure Projects 22%
- Other 19%
- Not Sure 5%
Opinion of Donald Trump?
When asked: "Is your opinion of Donald Trump...
- Favorable 37%
- Unfavorable 47%
- Neutral 9%
- No opinion 6%
The unfavorable feeling is higher among women (54%) to men (40%). It's also especially high among millennials at 69%. Trump's popularity within the 6th district remains highest among those 50-64 (44%), and those identifying as strongly Republican (90%).
When asked: "Should a special investigator be named to look into whether the Russians tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election?"
- Yes 50%
- No 42%
- Not sure 8%
As expected, this question falls mostly along party lines, the stronger a 6th district voter identifies themselves as Republican, the less likely they want an investigation. On the other end of the spectrum, 94% of those identifying themselves as strongly Democrat want one. A double-digit percentage (16%) of people who voted for Trump want him investigated.
11Alive commissioned the scientific poll with SurveyUSA. A total of 900 registered voters were interviewed between 3/27/17 and 4/2/17. The poll was conducted 100% by telephone (68% landline, 32% cell phone). Of the 900 registered voters, 503 were determined by SurveyUSA to have already voted or likely to do so before the deadline.”
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