In a few weeks, Georgia’s constituents will vote on everything from Governor to State House seats. Resonate took a deeper look at the issues that matter most to voters in the 8th most populous state, as well as in its 1st Congressional District.
Resonate’s survey data finds that 38% of Georgia’s voters report consistent Republican voting patterns, 32% vote Democrat and 23% cast their votes across party lines, i.e. swing voters.
It’s not surprising to see that top issues for Republican and Democratic voters don’t overlap. However, swing voters share two of their top issues with Democratic voters and one with Republicans.
The majority of Republican voters, 62%, look at government spending platforms, while 49% prioritize balanced budget policies and 43% defense/military. Democratic voters evaluate a candidate’s platform on job creation (60%), healthcare (59%), and education policies (56%). Healthcare is also the issue most commonly cited by swing voters, with 47% calling it a key issue. Job creation is close behind with 45%, just edging out government spending polices with 44%.
Republican and Democratic voters remain deeply divided on social issues. For example, Republican voters are 4x more involved with 2nd Amendment Rights and 3.9x more involved in traditional marriage policies than their Democratic counterparts. Conversely, Democratic voters are 4.5x more likely than Republican voters to be concerned with Gay & Lesbian Rights. They’re also 3.9x more involved in Pro-Choice issues than Republicans.
These statewide issue positions are reflected within Georgia’s 1st Congressional District as well, though with slightly different distributions. Republican voters prioritize government spending (60%), balanced budget (53%), and defense/military policies (49%). Democratic voters evaluate healthcare (58%), job creation (55%), and education policies (45%). Swing voters’ prioritization are identical to statewide averages.