POLL: Democrat Jon Ossoff, Republican Karen Handel Tied With 1 Week Until Election Day


Jon Ossoff and Karen Handel (Getty/YouTube)

With one week left until Election Day for voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, a new poll shows Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel tied.

The poll, performed by SurveyUSA on behalf of 11Alive NBC, showed Ossoff and Handel tied with 47 percentage points apiece in the runoff race to replace former Rep. Tom Price in the U.S. House of Representatives. Six percent of respondents said they remained undecided.

SurveyUSA polled 700 registered voters — 503 that said they already voted in the race — from June 7-11 and it had a 4.5 percent margin of error.

The new findings come just one week before the June 20 runoff election. Ossoff scored big in the poll with young voters, outpacing Handel by a 3-2 margin with voters 50-years old and younger.

“The findings underscore the fact that this race really comes down to turnout,” Emory political scientist Andra Gillespie told 11Alive. “Both campaigns need to get as many volunteers on the phones and out in neighborhoods reminding voters to turn out on Tuesday. The campaign that has the best organized get-out-the-vote operation will be the one who likely wins this race.”

Also in the poll, 47 percent of respondents said that they had an “unfavorable” opinion of President Donald Trump. Thirty-four percent of respondents had a “favorable” view while 14 percent said they remained “neutral.”

The opinions on Trump could coincide directly with the congressional runoff election, as it’s been thought to be a referendum on the president and his administration’s policies.

The results of the newest SurveyUSA poll are quite a change from one that was released three weeks ago by the same pollster. That poll, and another that was released June 9 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, showed Ossoff ahead of Handel by 7 percentage points.

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