As the election in Georgia draws near, there are signs that interest in the gubernatorial candidates and their positions is waning. Those interested in politics talk about it. In the supermarkets and get togethers with family and friends, there is more talk about football, harvest festivals and Halloween plans than who will govern our state. Georgians complain about how bad things are, but when it comes to real, open discussion about what needs to be done, conversation dries up.
Are polls accurate? That is always up for debate. A recent WSB Channel 2 poll showed Nathan Deal (R) at 49 percent, Roy Barnes (D) at 41percent, Undecided at 7 percent and Roy Monds (L) at 3 percent. Although polls can indicate trends, I feel people lie to pollsters. In Georgia, no one is going to admit they are going to vote for Barnes when their neighbors, husbands, fellow church members, and mamas are staunch Republicans.
At the voting booth, you are on your own. As a woman, I think about issues that directly have an impact on me. No matter what I have to say to keep peace, I will go into that booth and vote my heart’s convictions. My husband and I tend to get on the same page as to how we vote. Feeling if we vote in separate directions, we will only cross out each other and there is no point in standing over there in line in the first place.
Haunted Houses Trump the Governor’s Mansion
Is voting spooky? There might be a better turnout if the election was held in conjunction with a haunted house. Perhaps candidates should do this the next time around, for even in this downward economy, people in Georgia love their Halloween entertainment. Churches call them harvest festivals, but they are celebrations just the same. I think providing free admission to a Halloween extravaganza by showing proof of early voting could increase voter participation significantly.
Distrustful Democrats in Georgia
Fleeing President Obama’s agenda is rampant among Democratic candidates this election. In Georgia, candidates and voters are skeptical of lining up, especially when it comes to healthcare and the economy. No Democratic candidate has sought Obama’s endorsement and you certainly haven’t seen him stumping in the Peach State.
Restless Republicans in Georgia
Nathan Deal is a sort of embarrassment to some Republicans, but most will still vote for him, or will say they will. The revelation of ‘forgetting’ indiscretions is something they wish Barnes would stop announcing. An October 12 debate became heated with Barnes spouting, “I’ll quit telling the truth on you if you’ll quit telling the lies on me.” Then Deal said if he had indeed been rigging bids on a landfill, when Barnes was Governor before, Barnes should have done something to stop it. Is Deal saying he needs a Democratic Governor to keep his ethics in line?
Indecisive Independents in Georgia
Who are these undecided Independents in Georgia? I don’t believe that for a minute. They just don’t want to tell, so they wimp out with the ‘undecided’ routine. Georgians are very opinionated about positions unless they are trying to avoid the issue. The only true undecided voters must be Northern transplants.
The post-Halloween show may drive some interest as the pumpkin festivals, down home days, and ghouls depart Georgia. Yet then, it will be time to think about purchasing that big turkey for Thanksgiving and loading it in the freezer. All Georgians know the best turkeys are out early in the stores and you have to make an early decision.
Sources: WSB-TV 2 Poll Results, AJC Debate Film and Transcript