While levels of satisfaction with the federal government and the direction of the country are falling across the nation, satisfaction with the way things are going in Georgia remains high among residents (64 percent), according to the latest Peach State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion conducted by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. This percentage is slightly higher than that recorded in May 2005.
Opinions about the state’s economy were also more positive in August than in May. The percentage of Georgians rating the economy as “excellent” rose from 3 percent to 7 percent, while the percentage of the public rating the economy as poor remained steady at 12 percent. In addition, Georgians were more likely to say that the economy is getting better-up 2 percentage points from May.
Other Peach State Poll results:
- Thirty-five percent of the public cite national security-specifically, the war in Iraq and the battle against international terrorism-as the most important problem facing the U.S. Concern about national security was up 11 percentage points from May.
- Public confidence in local police remains high overall, and confidence in the media remains comparatively low. Georgians ages 18 to 25, however, have a significantly lower level of confidence in the police and a higher level of confidence in the media than do older Georgians.