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Peach State Poll finds security, economy remain top concern among Georgians

Georgians still say that terrorism and security issues are the most important problem facing the nation, followed by the economy, according to the Peach State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion conducted by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of ­Government.

Concern about both security issues and the economy declined significantly from the February 2005 poll, however, and dissatisfaction with government rose from 9 percent to 14 percent, its highest level in the four-year history of the Peach State Poll.

Other Peach State Poll results:

  • Both Democrats and Republicans chose terrorism and security as the most important issue facing America. The numbers for Democrats (29 percent) and Republicans (28 percent) are virtually equal on this issue, compared with a wide partisan difference that existed between the two in the February poll (Republicans, 47 percent; Democrats, 27 percent).
  • Georgians still rank education as the most important problem facing the state. Jobs and the economy (15 percent) were the second most important issue.