AJC poll: Ossoff opens lead over Handel in Georgia’s 6th

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff at the first 6th District debate. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll released Friday shows Democrat Jon Ossoff has a 7-point edge over Republican Karen Handel in the nationally watched race to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

The poll of likely voters has Ossoff leading Handel by a margin of 51 percent to 44 percent ahead of the June 20 runoff. About 5 percent of voters are undecided. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

It’s one of a several recent polls that show Ossoff with an advantage in the contest, although most other surveys show a tighter race.

The findings show Ossoff has an enormous lead over Handel among women, leading 60 percent to 34 percent. The Republican is beating Ossoff among male voters by a margin of 52 percent to 41 percent. He has a solid advantage over Handel among younger voters, while she has a slim majority of voters who are over 65.

More: Georgia 6th District poll crosstabs

The conservative-leaning district has long been held by Republicans, and Ossoff has tried to appeal to both liberals infuriated with President Donald Trump and moderates and independents who typically vote for the GOP. Of those polled, 46 percent identified themselves as Republican or Republican-leaning and 44 percent identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning.

He’s capturing about 13 percent of Republican voters and 50 percent of independents – a crucial voting bloc that leans to the right in the state. It shows almost no crossover on the flip side; only 3 percent of Democrats say they’re backing Handel. Ossoff gets support from 44 percent of white voters, a big number for a Democrat in Georgia.

The poll was conducted June 5-8 by Abt Associates, which conducts its polls by telephone. Pollsters called 1,000 registered voters in the 6th District in order to get a sample of 745 likely voters.  Of those, 60 percent were reached on cell phones. The questions were asked by live interviewers, not an automated system.

Read more: A closer look at the AJC 6th District poll.

Check out the MyAJC politics site throughout the day and weekend for many more details and crosstabs.

More recent AJC coverage of the 6th District race:

Ossoff raises another $15M in Georgia 6th, setting new fundraising record

In 6th District debate, Ossoff and Handel clash over Komen and Comey

What does an early voting surge mean for Georgia’s 6th District?

Putting Jon Ossoff’s record fundraising haul into perspective

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24 comments
DougH2
DougH2

Conservatism is dying everywhere. Kansas is a great example.

Royrfmcc
Royrfmcc

I do not believe that poll. Recent polls have all been wrong. Why is that? 

Nowun
Nowun

My prediction is Handel will win by a slim margin.  Just enough to make it look legitimate.  For those of you wanting proof that the voting machines can be hacked, look up the story about the voting machines in Virginia. The officials were concerned and tried to see if they could hack into them and guess what, they could using their cell phones.  These electronic voting machines need to go.  Good luck getting that done in this state. 

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

So the Dork has a lead, with millions to spend on non stop advertising, Pelosi has thrown everything against wall, but Ossoff still looks like Anthony Weiner

Well Hello There
Well Hello There

AJC POLL:

Hillary leads big over Trump.

Jason Carter leads over Nathan Deal.


Moochelle None leads over David Purdue.

Larissa Antipova
Larissa Antipova

PЏTЇЍ, ҬЯЦMP ДИD HДИDЄL ӺФЯ Д STЯФЙGЄЯ ДMЄЯЇKД!


Deedrick
Deedrick

what a shame that these are the best candidates -

Breadslicer
Breadslicer

In past AJC  polls  Nunn and Carter were looking good too. 


We all know how that played out.....

Christian37
Christian37

More BULL from the Left!  Didn't we learn a lesson about polls in November 2016? 

Chloecake
Chloecake

@Christian37 Yes we did learn. Popular vote was approx. 3 million more for HRC. Only electoral college gave it to tRump.

Tommy Trojan
Tommy Trojan

Handel sure does appear to be eating well. 

SFG
SFG

@Tommy Trojan  How lame pick on the woman on her weight instead of something of substance.  I bet Tommy is a fat boy.

Tommy Trojan
Tommy Trojan

She'll fit right in with a President who hasn't been able to button his suit for years.

RednecksKing72
RednecksKing72

I feel sorry for Karen, it isn't her fault that trump is the President!  I think this is more a vote against trump than a vote for Jon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!