John Monds At 9% In New SurveyUSA Poll

From local station 13WMAZ:

A statewide poll conducted for 13WMAZ shows Republican Nathan Deal leading in the race for governor.

In the SurveyUSA poll, Deal had the support of 49 percent of likely voters, Democrat Roy Barnes had 38 percent and Libertarian candidate John Monds had 9 percent. Four percent of voters in the poll said they were undecided…

In the Governor’s race, 54 percent of independents supported Deal, while 34 percent favored Barnes. John Monds picked up support of 18 percent of independents.

H/T to Eric Dondero for the news. The pollster has not yet released the detailed results. The full article does mention that the US Senate and down-ballot races were also polled, so it will be interesting to see poll results for other Libertarian candidates as well.

SUSA polls this cycle have been very favorable to Republicans, so Deal’s lead is not a huge surprise. However, it is interesting that the Libertarian candidate has such strong support while the Republican still maintains a strong lead. However, it is difficult to comment on the origin of Monds’ support without more information from the pollster.

10 thoughts on “John Monds At 9% In New SurveyUSA Poll

  1. Richard Winger

    If only Monds could get 20%, the Libertarian Party would then be ballot-qualified for all partisan offices in the state, and for the first time could run candidates for US House and easily run many candidates for the state legislature.

  2. Eric Dondero

    This is just an utterly amazing poll number on so many levels. Good job to the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

    But look at it from a deeper perspective. How does one feel, if one is a Democrat looking at this poll?

    Life must be pretty damned depressing for an Obama-crat. You’re looking at a generally free enterprise Republican getting a whopping 49%, and a hardline free enterpriser Libertarian getting an unprecedented 9%.

    That’s a huge 58% ass-whooping for the socialist side.

    Folks, life doesn’t get any better than this.

    Dick Morris, and other pundits are predicting a “Tsunami” against the Dems on Nov. 2. With numbers like this it may be a Category 5 strongest Hurricane in the history of the planet Wave.

  3. paulie

    generally free enterprise Republican

    Not quite a contradiction in terms, but almost.

    For example, from wikipedia: According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Deal has “personally intervened with Georgia leaders to preserve an obscure state program that earns his company nearly $300,000 a year”.
    Since 1982 this program has “required any vehicle that is wrecked and rebuilt to pass a safety inspection before the state will issue a title allowing the car to be sold or driven. Inspectors originally traveled to where the vehicle was, making for a slow, inefficient process. In 1989 the state, in a pilot program, authorized a station in Athens to become a site for inspections. The program was expanded in 1990. On February 2, 1990, Recovery Services Inc. was incorporated, with Deal and Cronan listed as officers. Their business became one of the first eight regional state inspection stations, according to the Department of Revenue… The stations are private businesses whose owners agree to provide little more than a garage bay with a hydraulic lift, and an employee to help move cars. The state provides the inspectors. The station owners charge vehicle owners a fee. Deal and Cronan charge $100 per vehicle, the highest of any of the stations operating today. Most charge $60 or $75 per vehicle, state records show. Recovery Services, on Athens Highway in Gainesville, hosted more than 2,800 inspections in 2008.”[5]

  4. paulie

    Voted NO on allowing human embryonic stem cell research.

    Voted NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation.

    Rated 28% by CATO, indicating a pro-“fair trade” voting record.

    Even worse on the movement of labor across national lines, a key component of free enterprise:

    Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
    Voted YES on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
    Voted YES on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
    Voted NO on extending Immigrant Residency rules. (May 2001)
    Voted NO on more immigrant visas for skilled workers. (Sep 1998)
    Rated 100% by FAIR, indicating a voting record restricting immigration. (Dec 2003)
    Rated 100% by USBC, indicating a sealed-border stance. (Dec 2006)
    Government services in English only. (Mar 2008)
    Declare English as the official language of the US. (Feb 2007)
    Declared English the official language of the US. (Jan 1999)

    Voted YES on $167B over 10 years for farm price supports. (Oct 2001)

    Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)

    And that’s just the economic issues — on civil liberties, and military spending/war and peace
    he has a horrendously big government record; see details at

  5. Erik G.

    But paulie, doesn’t Fox News say Nathan Deal is a free-market, limited government guy who loves America?

  6. Ross Levin

    Interesting…Monds gets 30% support among self-described liberals. The other Libertarians don’t get that much support from that group, but it’s still interesting. Also, generally, more support for the Libertarians comes from Obama supporters than not.

    So it seems like the Libertarians in Georgia have a pretty diverse base of support. Interesting stuff.

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