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MoveOn GA-06 Poll: Strong Lead for Ossoff in Primary, Building on Voters’ Overwhelming Opposition to Health Care Repeal Efforts

Ossoff holding strong lead in open primary, showing strong contrast to the deeply unpopular Trump/GOP health care plan.

View a summary of the poll findings here: http://bit.ly/2oSBPEI

Georgia House candidate Jon Ossoff has a clear lead in the open primary, as voters in the district name health care as their top issue and express a strong negative view toward Trumpcare and GOP-led efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, according to a new poll commissioned by MoveOn.org Political Action of likely special election voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional district.

Key Findings:

Ossoff has a strong lead in the open primary, with overwhelming support among Democrats and a lead with Independents. In the open primary — to replace former Rep. Tom Price, who was tapped by Donald Trump to spearhead the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as Secretary of Health and Human Services — Ossoff takes 40% of the vote, with no other Democrats taking more than 1%. The leading Republican candidate, Karen Handel, took 18% of likely voters’ support in the poll. If Ossoff can win half of the remaining undecided voters (19%), he has a chance to win outright on April 18.

Ossoff currently ties with Handel in a head-to-head runoff. If the primary goes to a runoff in June, the poll shows Ossoff and Handel tied in a head-to-head ballot with positive profiles, each claiming 45% of voters.

Health care is voters’ top issue, and the Republican-leaning district opposes the GOP’s health care plan. Notably, likely voters in the poll indicated health care as their top priority, and showed strongly negative views toward Trumpcare, the GOP’s health care plan that includes efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. While the district is Republican-leaning, 59% of respondents had an unfavorable view of the GOP health care plan.

Lake Research Partners conducted the poll of 350 likely special election voters in GA-06 via landline and cell phone from March 26-28, 2017. The margin of error is +/- 5.2%.

In March, MoveOn members in the district voted overwhelmingly to endorse Ossoff, with 93 percent of votes cast in his favor, praising his commitment to protecting the Affordable Care Act. MoveOn is mobilizing its 15,000 members in the district to volunteer and vote, and MoveOn members have contributed more than $260,000 to Ossoff’s campaign since the endorsement.

“As these numbers show, Republicans will pay a steep political price in even conservative districts like GA-6 for their reckless health care plans,” said Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, in response to the poll.  “If Republicans continue to attempt to kick tens of millions of people off their health care, they should expect to see a lot more districts like GA-06 in play in 2018.”