Asked to choose from a list of six issues, 33% of Georgia voters named COVID as the top issue while 29% said it’s the economy. The Political IQ survey found a divide among Georgia voters that has become quite familiar nationally. For Democrats, COVID is the top issue while Republicans are more focused on the economy.

However, a different picture of motivation emerged when survey respondents were asked in their own words to describe the most important factor in determining how they will vote.

The single most common response—cited by 13%– was some form of generic comment about the candidate, political party, or platform. Another 12% offered no comment while 8% responded in terms of how they would physically vote (i.e.—in person, by mail, etc).

Seven percent (7%) said their priority was making sure Republicans retained control of the Senate and another 6% said they were for the Republican party. Five percent (5%) named the Democrats and another 5% said the economy.

In reviewing the data, we combined various responses into broader categories. The most common group of responses expressed some form of partisan Republican support, named by 15% of respondents. This group included people who specifically mentioned the GOP, retaining Senate control, a pro-Trump position, or conservatives.

Twelve percent (12%) offered a partisan Democratic response. This group included people who specifically mentioned the Democratic Party, winning Senate control, an anti-Trump position, or progressives.

Eleven percent (11%) cited some form of issue generally associated with Republicans. While the list was varied, top references were opposition to Socialism, Freedom, Pro-life, and a reference to the election having been stolen.

Seven percent (7%) cited an issue generally associated with Democrats. Again, the list was varied. Top responses focused on helping those in need, equality, and some reference to fact or science-based decision making.

Overall, they show that 63% of Republicans give a partisan reason for how they will vote. Seven percent (7%) say it’s the economy, 6% values, and 5% based upon what’s best for Georgia, the US, or their family.

Forty-seven percent (47%) of Democrats give a partisan reason for their vote. Eight percent (8%) refer to values in some sense, 7% about what’s best for Georgia, the US or their family, and 6% say COVID.

Methodology

The survey of 1,377 Likely Voters in Georgia was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from November 19-24, 2020. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were contacted online or via text. They were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. A total of 1,500 Registered Voters were interviewed and asked about their likelihood of voting. For purposes of this survey, likely voters were defined as those who say they are at least somewhat likely to vote. Certain quotas were applied and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the state’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. The margin of sampling error: +/- 2.6 percentage points.