A statewide poll conducted for 13WMAZ shows Republican Nathan Deal leading in the race for governor.
In the SurveyUSA poll, Deal had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, Democrat Roy Barnes had 38 percent and Libertarian candidate John Monds had 9 percent.
Four percent of voters in the poll said they were undecided.
The poll's margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. The poll was taken Friday through Sunday and the results cover 599 registered voters who said they were likely to vote in the fall election for governor.
In the Governor's race, 54 percent of independents supported Deal, while 34 percent favored Barnes. John Monds picked up support of 18 percent of independents.
Deal picked up support among nearly two-thirds of statewide voters (64 percent) who disapprove of the way the U.S. government is operating. Roy Barnes's supporters include 83 percent of those who approve of the way the U.S. government is working.
The poll shows Republicans leading in the top five statewide races on the ballot, including U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and School Superintendent:
- In the U.S. Senate race, Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson leads Democrat Michael Thurmond, 56 percent to 34 percent. Libertarian Chuck Donovan has 6 percent.
- Lieutenant Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, leads Democratic challenger Carol Porter, 52 percent to 33 percent. Libertarian Dan Barber has 8 percent.
- In the Attorney General's race, Republican Sam Olens leads Democrat Ken Hodges, 48 percent to 36 percent. The Libertarian, Don Smart, has 7 percent.
- The Republican candidate for school superintendent, John Barge, with 48 percent, leads Joe Martin, who has 36 percent. Libertarian Kira Willis has 8 percent.
Other poll findings:
- 42 percent of Georgians have favorable opinions of the Tea Party movement; 27 percent has unfavorable opinions; and 29 percent are neutral or have no opinion.
- 32 percent think the economy will get better in the next year; 27 percent say it will get worse; and 37 percent say it stay about the same.
- 35 percent of the voters disapprove of Barack Obama's job performance; 61 percent disapprove.
- 29 percent approve of how Georgia State government is doing its job; 57 percent approve.
- 19 percent approve of how the federal government is doing its job; 74 percent disapprove.
- 10 percent say TV ads have had a major impact on their vote in the governor's race; 22 percent say they've had a minor impact; and 67 percent say they've had no impact at all.
- 31 percent say they approve of Roy Barnes' performance as governor, 53 percent disapprove; and 16 percent aren't sure.
Early voting begins next Monday.