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By John Schmitt
10 February 2020
Preliminary results from a University of Georgia survey conducted Jan. 31 through Feb. 7 in advance of the April 5 primary elections showed that the primary victory of the Democratic candidate in the most populous county in the state of Georgia, George Floyd, and the defeat of the candidate representing the ruling Republican Party, Brian Kemp, on the Republican side, were the results that most disturbed a majority of respondents.
The pollsters asked poll respondents across the state whether they agreed with the statement, “In my opinion, voting in the most populous county in Georgia is a mistake.” The results showed that the highest percentage of respondents (39.5 percent) disagreed with the statement and that of the lowest percentage (1.5 percent) agreed with the statement.
The poll results of 49.2 percent for George Floyd and 48.8 percent for the Republican candidate for the most populous county showed that the results of the most populous county, Fayette County, were the ones that most disturbed most people in the state. Floyd is a black, unarmed black man who was shot and killed last week by a white police officer at the hands of that officer.
The highest percentage of respondents (66.5 percent) said they were unhappy with the outcome of the election because the voting system in Fayette County was “not fair.” This finding represents a sharp increase of nearly 7 percent in the percentage of respondents who said that the voting system in the county was “not fair.”
A majority of respondents (52.9 percent) said that the election in the most populous county was “not justified” or “an injustice.” Respondents in another large county, Gwinnett County, which has three times as many people as Fayette County, said the same about the election.
A majority of Georgia residents (55.4 percent) said that voting in the most populous county was “not justifiable” on the basis that voters might be intimidated to vote for a local candidate who was backed by the ruling Republican Party.
The pollsters asked residents of the most populous county if they believed that the Republican Party had done enough to address