(ATLANTA) – A new poll conducted jointly by Landmark Communications and Rosetta Stone Communications reveals that Casey Cagle currently leads the pack of possible candidates for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Saxby Chambliss’ announced retirement.
“There is a great deal of volatility in the Republican field,” said Mark Rountree, President of Landmark Communications. “If Lt. Governor Cagle decides to run he would initially lead the pack because he has statewide name recognition. However we also found that, based on our poll question regarding of his job approval, voters don’t know as much about him beyond name recognition. That’s normal for a down ticket elected official.”
“The most common response at this early stage was ‘undecided’,” said Rountree.
The survey, which has a 4.5% margin of error, surveyed 483 self-identified Republican Primary voters and was conducted for Channel 2 news in Atlanta.
“Voters in metro Atlanta prefer Tom Price,” said John Garst, President of Rosetta Stone Communications. “With a tremendous amount of votes coming from the metro counties, you would have to deduct that should Congressman Price enter the Senate race officially, he would be a strong contender.”
The top-line breakdown of the survey is as follows:
Casey Cagle – 17%
Phil Gingrey – 15%
Jack Kingston – 12%
Tom Price – 11%
Paul Broun – 10%
Ross Tolleson – 2%
Undecided – 33%
Landmark Communication and Rosetta Stone Communications are leaders in public opinion polling in Georgia and regularly conduct joint surveys for WSB-TV in Atlanta.
(NOTE: Needless to say, this all depends on which candidates run. If Rep. Price runs, we assume Handel doesn’t, etc… maybe Cagle runs, maybe not. We included Lt Gov. Cagle to research his candidacy’s impact…. )