Georgia is a traditionally red state, so Donald Trump should not have to spend much time campaigning there during the general election. However, he visited Atlanta on July 15 and his supporters came out to cheer him on. The Peach State’s electoral votes haven’t gone for a Democrat since Bill Clinton‘s first election in 1992, so Georgia isn’t considered a swing state.
Some polls from the state only give Trump a single-digit lead over Hillary Clinton. A new Bloomberg poll showed Clinton with a double-point lead over Trump nationally. They also make it clear that Clinton will need some support from independents in Georgia if she hopes to win there. However, a new poll released on August 5 gave Clinton a slight lead after the Democratic National Convention.
Here is a look at the general election polls from Georgia, via Real Clear Politics.
WXIA-TV – November
The first poll from Georgia to pit Clinton and Trump against each other was conducted by WXIA-TV 11Alive News in November. The poll of 2,075 likely Georgia voters showed Trump with a 9-point lead over Clinton.
TENGA/SurveyUSA – February
The TENGA/SurveyUSA poll from February also gave Trump a 9-point lead. This was a poll of 1,650 likely voters. The poll showed that any Republican would beat any Democratic candidate. Both Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz had 7-point leads in their match-ups against Clinton.
WSB-TV/Landmark – May
In an early May poll by WSB-TV/Landmark, Trump’s lead over Clinton was just one point. The poll showed that Clinton could have a chance in Georgia if she can attract independent voters, although 40 percent of independents answered “undecided.” The poll was of 570 likely voters.
Atlanta Journal Constitution – May
Released a week after the WSB poll, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s poll had Trump with a 4-point lead over Clinton. However, Bernie Sanders beat Trump in the poll, 47 percent to 42 percent. Polls like these made it possible for Sanders to argue that he could beat Trump in November.
MyFox5 Atlanta – May
A MyFox5 Atlanta poll of 587 likely voters had Trump with just a 3-point lead. However, the margin of error was 4 percent.
Public Policy Polling – May
In PPP’s May poll, released on June 1, Trump widened his lead back up to 9 percent. Unlike the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll, this one did not show Sanders with any advantage over Trump. He would lose a match-up to Trump by 10 percent, according to the PPP poll.
Atlanta Journal Constitution – August
A poll conducted for the Atlanta Journal Constitution between August 1-4 with 874 registered voters shows Clinton with a surprising three-point lead over Trump.