VoteCast: Georgia voters divided on state of nation

November 7, 2018

Voters casting midterm election ballots in Georgia are divided over the state of the nation, according to a wide-ranging survey of the American electorate.

As voters cast ballots for governor and members of Congress in Tuesday’s elections, AP VoteCast found that 47 percent of Georgia voters said the country is on the right track, compared with 51 percent who said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Here’s a snapshot of who voted and why in Georgia, based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast, an innovative nationwide survey of about 139,000 voters and nonvoters _ including 3,984 voters and 627 nonvoters in the state of Georgia _ conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago.



Democrat Stacey Abrams had a sizable advantage over Republican Brian Kemp among voters under 45 in the race for governor. Voters ages 45 and older were more likely to support Kemp.

Black voters and Hispanic voters were more likely to favor Abrams. White voters overall favored Kemp.

Whites without a college degree were more likely to favor Kemp. In addition, white college graduates were more likely to favor Kemp.



Voters considered several issues to be important to their vote in this midterm election, including health care (26 percent), immigration (25 percent), the economy (21 percent), gun policy (8 percent) and terrorism (6 percent).



Voters have a positive view of the nation’s current economic outlook _ 71 percent said the nation’s economy is good, compared with 29 percent who said it’s not good.



For 47 percent of Georgia voters, President Donald Trump was not a factor they considered while casting their votes. By comparison, 24 percent said a reason for their vote was to express support for Trump, and 28 percent said they voted to express opposition to Trump.

Voters in Georgia had mixed views of Trump: 50 percent said they approve of how he is handling his job as president, while 50 percent said they disapprove of Trump.



In Georgia, 75 percent of registered voters who chose not to vote in the midterm election were younger than 45. A wide share of those who did not vote _ 82 percent _ did not have a college degree. About as many nonvoters were Democrats (33 percent) as Republicans (35 percent).


AP VoteCast is a survey of the American electorate in all 50 states conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The survey of 3,984 voters and 627 nonvoters in Georgia was conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 6, concluding as polls close on Election Day. It combines interviews in English or Spanish with a random sample of registered voters drawn from state voter files and self-identified registered voters selected from opt-in online panels. Participants in the probability-based portion of the survey were contacted by phone and mail, and had the opportunity to take the survey by phone or online. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.0 percentage points. All surveys are subject to multiple sources of error, including from sampling, question wording and order, and nonresponse. Find more details about AP VoteCast’s methodology at http://www.ap.org/votecast.


AP created this story automatically using data from NORC.



For AP’s complete coverage of the U.S. midterm elections: http://apne.ws/APPolitics

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