Where the poll respondents live, however, affected how they felt about the economy.
In metro Atlanta, 69 percent of respondents said the economy was good or excellent.
In southeast Georgia, about 39 percent felt that way. In southwest Georgia, about 50 percent.
Overall state tax collections were up just 0.7 percent in December, or $15 million for the month. For the first six months of the fiscal year, collections are up 4 percent, a rate that would be enough to fund the $23.7 billion state budget lawmakers approved last winter.
Net sales tax collections improved 9.2 percent, a good sign for the Christmas shopping season. But individual income tax collections were largely flat, and corporate income tax collections were off 18.6 percent.
In general, the state's tax collection numbers have been better than those of other states the past few years. In fact, collections have been so strong that Deal has been able to sock away $2 billion in the state's rainy day reserve.
One slow month for income tax collections won’t influence Deal, but he will be keeping a close eye on revenue numbers in coming months to determine how much the state has to spend.
Deal is already expected to propose a relatively conservative budget for fiscal 2018, which begins July 1, and he has told most state agencies not to expect an increase in funding.