AJC poll: Why Georgia Republican politicians are sticking with Trump

Donald Trump at the Georgia World Congress Center in February. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Donald Trump at the Georgia World Congress Center in February. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

As dozens of high-profile Republicans in other states have abandoned Donald Trump, Georgia’s GOP establishment has stuck by him. And the Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday helps explain why.

Nearly half of Georgia Republicans say they’re more likely to vote for an elected official who supports Trump, and another 38 percent said it wouldn’t make any difference. Only a small fraction of Georgia GOP voters – 6 percent – say backing Trump makes them less likely to support that politician.

It means that Republicans have much to lose politically – and little to gain – for speaking out against the New York businessman. Which is why we see Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and others with an eye on higher office walking a fine line with Trump.

Still, many state leaders have criticized Trump for his crude remarks about women and refusal to say whether he’d accept the election results. And some high-profile Republicans, including state Rep. Allen Peake, have stopped just short of disavowing his campaign.

While standing by Trump helps them with the GOP base, it has a more muted effect on the influential independent bloc of voters who usually break toward Republicans in Georgia. Only 16 percent said loyalty to Trump would make them more likely to support a candidate – and a third said it could turn them away.

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257 comments
Eva Richardson
Eva Richardson

We all should he is the only one worried about religious rights and all our constitution rights. Mrs Richardson

Stephen Scruggs
Stephen Scruggs

My advice is for all you liberals to find a safe place to cry. Lol

Fred Green
Fred Green

The false equivalency of HRC and DJT. The worst of DJT far surpasses any negative of HRC. As far as positives; DJT is not in the same league. DJT the misogynist will experience his worst nightmare on November 8th; losing to a woman.

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

If you want jobs for all those refugees that just settle here they better. Or watch out Hillary is going to send Atlanta another 10,000, with no jobs, not to mention every relative of the illegals we have are coming. No more Open Borders, to many drugs and under employed.

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

Everyone who live inside of Metro - Atlanta forget we live the South. We are quick to dismiss outcome of statewide elections goes the way of state population majority. Southern Whites vote Republican.

Veda Richardson
Veda Richardson

Nobody's abandoning Trump if he had only 100 people to show up at his rallies that might be true he has thousands and it's not slowing down.

Corey R. Lawrence
Corey R. Lawrence

It's a republican state.... party loyalty means the word to these people. Only Atliens think the state of Georgia is democratic. We see the world differently in the capital, but past Macon, it's a different world.

TheLazyComic
TheLazyComic

DON'T BE A CHUMP, VOTE FOR TRUMP. Randy McDaniels, TLC.

John Washington
John Washington

Because Georgia republicans would accept Lucifer himself if it meant they could hold onto power.

Chales Wayne
Chales Wayne

Republicans and most informed Georgia voters are sticking with Trump. The alternative is Hillary who is corrupt, incompetent, self-centered and extremely dishonest.

Ceci Pino
Ceci Pino

media and the liberal pols lies , trump is up big and the only way they can try is to rigg the polls like hilary did in the democratic primary election and this is why they are trying to show hillary leading in the polls to rigg the general election , but it wont work

Amy Cawthorne
Amy Cawthorne

Maybe you know it alls need to watch Dennis michael lynch

Jesse Bailey
Jesse Bailey

Trump never has, and never will, do anything for anyone other than his self! He is the absolute worse off empty GOP promises!

Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith

This election for Trump is primarily about white male privileges that no longer exists . After they lose this election we can not let these deplorable forget. They insist on living in old reality because of their own life failures. Trump has exposed republicans every racist inch and now the republicans are running. Wherever Trumps lands after this election we must boycott. He will have to work directly with KKK as he is primarily. For testing Trump needs drug, alcohol & psychopath. Heaven forbid the Clinton Foundation is caught helping someone, who Donald Trump helps is only himself?

Amy Cawthorne
Amy Cawthorne

Have you forgotten about hilkary end the kkk

Sue Human Birchfield
Sue Human Birchfield

Derrick, you need to get facts before you run off at the mouth. White males is not the most of Trump, and we deplorable are among you. Your life failures we could care less i'm sure their are many. Racists is in killary's corner as is KKK her mentor was the Grand Dragon the honorable Robert Byrd. Clinton Foundation check closely out of about 100,0000. dollars 5.3 million went to charities, 90 million to pay salaries. 900.000 to chalous , spouce & babies. Check your list!! Santa don't like bad boys.

Pam Kelley
Pam Kelley

Go GA. Hillary is a lier and stealer her and Bill. DONT CARE ABOUT U PEOPLE! U might me on her list one day!

Val Smith
Val Smith

They'll change their tune if Hillary takes the state. Vote blue y'all !!

Valerie Hall
Valerie Hall

All their dirty laundry will be exposed.

Valerie Hall
Valerie Hall

Because they are too darn conservative and racist.

Pat Stephens
Pat Stephens

Let's employ Trump. We the people should have fired Obama along time ago. To to many executive orders. If Hillary gets in there will be a lot more executive orders.

Liz Ferreira
Liz Ferreira

Oh no wait you mean a politician doing their job?! Wow

Mary Bohanon
Mary Bohanon

gop go down with the ship vote blue georgia

Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson

Well I live in Georgia and I'm going strictly blue

Boisseau Diane
Boisseau Diane

We need GA AND OHIO TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS ALL ACROSS THE BOARD... MAKE SURE THE MACHINE READS YOUR VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON. ... MAKE AMERICA SANE AGAIN

Amy Cawthorne
Amy Cawthorne

U r very uneducated boisseau what do u want a 3rd world country vote blue and see what happens do you know her husband gave us the biggest tax high in history

Brian Peters
Brian Peters

Because he's bigly? Ok? Terrific! High energy! He'll bring back his line of clothing from Jhina? Ok? And buy American steel? Terrific!

Gpe Polo
Gpe Polo

Because they racist what other excuse can you have

Shaun Dakin
Shaun Dakin

#RacistStan #RedNeckistan #StupidStan America

Annette W. Fields
Annette W. Fields

Because they believe in party before country. They need to win to finish what Bush started. There will only be two groups with them - "the haves," and the "have nots." Which group will you be in because this is the Republican's goal? Must protect their money for their future generations of children by making sure you have less and less.

Samuel Zuniga
Samuel Zuniga

Why wouldn't Georgia not side with him. Home of the kkk and Jim Crow laws

Samuel Zuniga
Samuel Zuniga

I love how people who love trump automatically assume that the ones who don't are automatically hillary supporter's.

Sue Human Birchfield
Sue Human Birchfield

watch out KKK Grand Dragon Honorable Robert Byrd was killiary mentor, attended his funeral.