Cagle has been dogged by a secretly made recording of him telling a former Republican opponent he supported “bad public policy” to undercut another rival, and many voters said trust-related issues were the driving force behind their choice for governor.
Of Kemp’s supporters, roughly 15 percent said the main reason they’re backing him is because they see him as more trustworthy. About one-third say they’re voting for him because he shares their values.
About one-fifth of Cagle’s supporters said they will vote for him because he’s the “right choice” to be governor. And 9 percent said they backed him over Kemp because he’s more likely to defeat Democrat Stacey Abrams in November.
Both candidates have played up their loyalty to President Donald Trump, and he remains a prominent factor in the race.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp emerged as the top finalists in Tuesday's election.
About 21 percent of Republicans said their main reason for voting is to support the stronger ally to Trump. Voters who said they were most motivated by Trump were evenly split between Cagle and Kemp.
The poll was conducted July 5-12 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs, and 769 likely Republican runoff voters responded.
AJC/Channel 2 Action News poll
The poll was conducted July 5-12 by the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs and questioned 769 likely Republican runoff voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Who do you plan to vote for in the July 24 GOP runoff for governor?
Brian Kemp: 44.4 percent
Case Cagle: 41.1 percent
Undecided / don’t know: 14.5 percent