Republicans Hold Slight Lead In Georgia Senate Runoffs: Opinion Poll

Georgia Republican incumbent Sens. David PerdueDavid PerdueBiden Calls On Democrats In Georgia To Get A Majority In Senate GOP Senators Georgia Dig Over Refusal To Recognize Biden’s Victory Facebook Lifts Political Advertising Ban For Georgia Runoffs MORE and Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerBiden Calls on Democrats in Georgia to Get Senate Majority GOP Senators in Georgia Dig in on Refusal to Recognize Biden Victory Facebook Lifts Political Advertising Ban on Georgia Runoffs MORE are currently slightly ahead of their Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, in the state’s critical senate games, according to a new poll from Emerson College.

In both highly controversial races, Republican senators lead with 51 percent of the vote. Warnock and Ossoff hold 48 percent and 1 percent is undecided.

According to the poll results, Ossoff and Warnock are favored by the younger demographics, especially among voters under the age of 30, while Loeffler and Perdue are more popular with older voters, who are 65 and older.

Rural voters are also polling for Republican tickets, with Loeffler and Perdue in the lead with 68 percent and 67 percent of the vote, respectively. In urban / suburban regions, the Democrats are ahead, with Warnock with 75 percent of the vote and Ossoff with 73 percent.

Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, noted that the data showed “there is little crossover support, suggesting that one side should win both seats.”

Among the issues Georgian voters said were most important were the economy (31 percent), the COVID-19 response (24 percent), health care (15 percent), and social justice (12 percent).

Those who prioritize the economy break for the Republican incumbents, while the Democratic challengers lead with voters who see the coronavirus, healthcare and social justice as more important.

The Emerson College survey polled 605 people from December 14-16. It has a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points.