ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - November 2020 might seem far away but a new poll that came out Friday morning focused, not just on South Georgia, but the state as a whole.
A poll done by NBC and Survey Monkey looked at a wide variety of topics, from President Donald Trump to what issues are most important to voters.
The poll questioned participants on how the feel Trump is doing as president.
Here in Georgia, a slight majority disapprove of the way the president is handling his job, the poll found.
Throughout 11 southern states, from Texas to Georgia and Florida to Virginia, that approval rating ticks up by two points to a 54 percent approval rating, with 45 percent disapproving.
Voters in southern states feel Trump is doing better compared to other states across the nation, the poll found.
A national poll shows his approval rating falling further to 48 percent and the disapproval rate ticked up to 51 percent.
The same poll also asked what voters feel are the most important issues.
Here’s the issues Georgia ranks:
- Jobs and the economy were the top priority of the Georgia state government at 29 percent
- Health care was at 21 percent
- Education at 20 percent
- Infrastructure at 12 percent
- Immigration at 10 percent
Across those 11 southern states, 24 percent of southerners said immigration is the issue that matters most to them right now, followed by jobs and the economy at 22 percent and health care at 21 percent.
“We just need help in the south period,” said one Southwest Georgia man.
The latest NBC Survey Monkey Poll shows 29 percent of Georgian's surveyed thinks jobs and the economy matters the most.
South Georgian’s said they couldn’t agree more.
“Jobs is what I be thinking about,” said one man.
“At the top of my list, I would say jobs,” said a woman.
On Thursday, the House passed a bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
House leaders said it will give workers economic security.
“Some parts of the economy they are taking away more than they give and that’s not cool,” said one man.
Something one woman said the South desperately needs to see change.
“It could, should and needs to be better,” said another woman.
“Our economy improving will fix a lot of the other problems we have in America now,” said a man.
One woman off camera said she doesn’t know if the economy will fix problems at the border, but said it needs to be addressed.
“Let them over here, quit separating them children from they mamma and mistreating them people. They are humans just like we are. Regardless of the color of their skin,” said one woman.
Protests against the conditions of migrants at government detention centers have erupted for the last week.
This woman said she isn’t happy with how it’s being handled.
“He need to straighten up with this immigration. Let them people over here. Everybody ain’t killers and murderers, and rapists and trying to do bad,”said one woman.
More than half of registered voters approve of Governor Brian Kemp’s work since he’s been in office.
Representatives from the Georgia Peanut Buying Association said farmers couldn’t agree more.
Especially with his help for the guidelines for disaster prevention.
The NBC and Survey Monkey poll shows 61 percent approve of the way the governor is handling his job.
The head of the buying association said Kemp has served as an ambassador for agriculture.
“The farmers are very supportive of him. Every time he comes to a meeting, we just enjoy having him and hearing his perspective. I guarantee when he’s working on legislation or issues in Atlanta or in Washington, he is representing the farmer every time,” said Tyron Spearman, the head of the Peanut Buying Association.
The survey showed 37 percent of registered Georgia voters disapprove of the governor’s work.
The poll reached thousands of voters in the South and across the country.
It also touched on issues such as abortion and confederate monuments.