Results from a Zogby poll announced this week show Gov. Sonny Perdue to be riding a wave of renewed support from Georgians. Perdue’s poll numbers have risen substantially in recent months, certainly welcome news to the state GOP as it looks ahead to November elections.

Perdue has gained ground with voters in general and also when compared to the leading Democratic contenders for his job – Mark Taylor and Cathy Cox.

Why the surge in support for the incumbent?

No one seems to know, though some suggest the governor’s decision to cut the state gas tax during the worst days of the gas price increase and his decisive decision to shut Georgia schools for two days to save fuel following Hurricane Katrina scored points with Georgians. (How effective those measures really were is open for debate.)

Perdue may also be benefitting from a general optimism on the part of the state’s residents who are enjoying moderate economic growth and job stability.

Still, it’s a long time until the election and there are plenty of miles, problems and polls to go.



The Daily Citizen

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