Jan 27, 2022 - Politics & Policy

First look: Biden's Georgia blues

Close-up of President Biden's face

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President Biden's job approval rating has dropped to 34% in Georgia, a closely watched swing state he won in 2020, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution/University of Georgia poll shared with Axios.

Why it matters: Biden risks serving as a drag on his party in key Senate and gubernatorial contests.

  • The president's numbers were significantly lower than those for Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff — and about the same as Biden's low standing earlier this month in a Quinnipiac University poll his team dismissed as an outlier.
  • They're also a major drop from the 51% approval rating the AJC poll found for Biden in May. The biggest drop was among independents. The survey of 872 registered voters was conducted Jan. 13-24.

What we're watching: One in three Democrats — and one in five Republicans — said elections and voting represent the top issue for the state.

  • The survey also showed former President Donald Trump's influence in Georgia sliding and GOP Gov. Brian Kemp better poised than his primary rival, Trump-backed former Sen. David Perdue, to defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams.
  • It showed two-thirds of Georgia voters — and about half of Republicans — opposed to the idea of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade.
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