New data from Georgia shows that state voters are moving away from Republicans as figures like Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) have a tighter grip on the party.
According to a new poll of the Atlanta Journal’s constitution, Republicans will leave “in a terrible political position” by 2022 as Georgia Democrats are seen far more favorably than their GOP counterparts.
AJC reported that the new poll “provided insight into the political challenges ahead as Republicans grappled with former President Donald Trump’s continued influence on the party’s grassroots base in the 2022 statewide election, including a new race in the US -Senate, stand in line. “
GOP Governor Brian Kemp’s approval rating is a grim 42 percent, with 51 percent disapproving of his job performance. Trump is even less popular in the state, 57 percent see him unfavorably.
Meanwhile, top Democrats in the state – including Stacey Abrams and the two new Democratic senators she has elected – are seeing positive approval ratings.
More from AJC:
A small majority of Georgians have a positive impression of Stacey Abrams, the Democrat who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018 and who is widely expected to have a rematch. About 51% of Georgians see it in a favorable light, including 10% of Republicans, while 41% see it unfavorably.
The state’s two new Democratic US Senators have solid foundations after their angry victories. About 50% of Georgians see Ossoff positively, 40% unfavorably. And Warnock, facing a re-election offer next year, has an approval rating of 54%, 37% disapprove of him.
Dropping Trump and MTG would be good for the country – and wise policy
Not only would it be good for the country if the Republican Party distanced itself from MAGA extremists like Donald Trump and Marjorie Taylor Greene, but it would also be good politics.
The data remains clear that the MAGA base is not representative of how the broader electorate views Trump and his loyalists. This is in part why Georgia appears to be moving away from the GOP in very real and sustainable ways.
It has long been evident that the Republican Party is not interested in doing what’s right for the country. But if they are concerned with the party’s long-term survival, they should marginalize Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and other MAGA extremists.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.