Fox News Voter Analysis: Warnock wins Georgia US Senate runoff

Black voters and people below age 45 helped Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia after Tuesday’s U.S. Senate runoff elections, whereas the race between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue stays undecided. 

Data from the Fox News Voter Analysis (FNVA), a survey of roughly 4,000 Georgians, present the contours of each races are largely comparable — and mirrored November’s presidential outcomes. The Democratic coalition centered on Black voters (Ossoff +88 factors and Warnock +88 factors), moderates (+34 in each races), these below age 45 (+16 / +18 factors) and suburban voters (+4 / +6 factors).  Blacks made up 32 p.c of the runoff citizens, up from 29 p.c in November. 

President-elect Joe Biden, in his victory over President Trump, received assist from Black voters by 86 factors, voters below 45 by 13 factors, and suburbanites by 12 factors, serving to him to grow to be the primary Democratic presidential candidate to win the Peach State since Bill Clinton in 1992.

White voters, notably these with out faculty levels and people dwelling in rural areas, have been a significant supply of energy for the Republicans. Non-college Whites went for each Perdue and Loeffler by 58 factors; the Republicans’ margins amongst rural Whites (+64 every) have been even higher. Overall, Perdue received White voters by 46 factors and Loeffler received them by 44 factors, bettering on President Trump’s 40 factors in November.


Voters clearly noticed the Georgia runoffs as a battle for management of the U.S. Senate. Most mentioned which occasion managed the Senate was an essential issue — if not the only most essential issue — to their vote.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, claimed victory over U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in one of Georgia's two U.S. Senate runoff elections.

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, claimed victory over U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in certainly one of Georgia’s two U.S. Senate runoff elections.

Republican voters (69 p.c) have been extra more likely to say Senate management was the only most essential issue to their vote than have been Democratic voters (54 p.c).

US Senate runoffs (Georgia)

How essential to your vote was occasion management of the Senate?

Single most essential issue — 60%

An essential issue — 34%

A minor issue — 4%

Not an element — 2%

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These Senate races confirmed that reaching out to potential voters might be key to victory — particularly in a runoff election. Both sides made intensive voter contact efforts. Fully 75 p.c of voters have been contacted on behalf of at the very least one candidate.

Were you contacted by any of the candidates about voting within the Georgia runoffs?

Yes — 75%

No — 25%

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There was a whole lot of discuss Stacey Abrams’ get-out-the-vote “machine” and her efforts confirmed.  The FNVA survey finds extra voters report being contacted on behalf of Democratic candidates than Republican.

Which occasion contacted you about voting within the Georgia runoffs?

Democrats contacted me — 62%

Republicans contacted me — 53%

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The purpose of voter contact is an motion by the voter. They may signal a pledge to vote, get assist registering, or donate cash. The Democrats received reactions from extra voters than the Republicans did.

Voters who did at the very least one factor to organize for Georgia runoffs in response to political contact

If contacted by Democrats — 53% took motion

If contacted by Republicans — 47% took motion

Black voters have been more likely than White voters to take at the very least one motion in response to a political contact, 53% vs. 33%.

Biden took motion, touring to Georgia for a rally the day earlier than the runoff, and his supporters got here by means of for the Democrats. Almost all those that backed Biden in November additionally voted for Ossoff (96%) and Warnock (96%).


Georgia runoff voters had constructive views of Biden (51% favorable vs. 47% unfavorable, for a internet ranking of +4 factors). Trump’s marks, then again, have been internet damaging by 4 factors.

Opinion of Joe Biden

Favorable — 51%

Unfavorable — 47%

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Opinion of Donald Trump

Favorable — 47%

Unfavorable — 51%

Voters break up their opinions on Perdue, 50% favorable to 46% unfavorable (+4), Warnock (+3), and Ossoff (even). Loeffler’s internet favorability (-1) was a tick decrease whereas former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams got here in a bit decrease than Loeffler (-3).

Majorities see Ossoff (53%) and Warnock (52%) as somebody who “cares about people like me.” Slightly fewer really feel that means about Perdue (48%) and Loeffler (45%).

Similarly, extra describe the Democratic candidates as “honest and trustworthy” (50% for Ossoff and 52% for Warnock) than mentioned the identical in regards to the Republicans (46% for Perdue, 44% for Loeffler).

Democrats tried to color each Republicans as self-interested and dishonest, elevating accusations that the senators had engaged in insider inventory buying and selling to show a revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. These assaults have been considerably profitable, as over half of runoff voters discovered the allegations regarding. 

Concerned about insider-trading allegations in opposition to Perdue and Loeffler?

Yes — 56%

No — 44%

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Republicans additionally had some success accusing their opponents of being excessive. About half mentioned Ossoff (50%) and Warnock (52%) have been too excessive of their political opinions, whereas fewer mentioned the identical about Perdue (40%) and Loeffler (42%).

In addition, as incumbents, the Republican candidates scored increased than their opponents on “having the right experience to serve effectively as senator” (64% for Perdue, 50% for Ossoff; 49% for Loeffler, 47% for Warnock). 

Election integrity

The president and his allies sought to solid doubt on the accuracy and legitimacy of the November election, going as far as to assault Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger — each Republicans — over their dealing with of the election. Perdue and Loeffler joined in, calling on Raffensperger to resign.

Runoff voters, nevertheless, didn’t take up the decision. Majorities approve of Kemp and Raffensperger’s dealing with of the election and disapprove of how Trump dealt with it.

Approve dealing with Of 2020 presidential election outcomes

Trump — 44%

Kemp — 51%

Raffensperger — 59%

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Nearly half of runoff voters felt Perdue (46%) and Loeffler (45%) supported Trump “about the right amount.” More mentioned they have been too supportive (44% and 47%, respectively) than that they weren’t supportive sufficient (10%/9%).

Despite the assertions from the president, a majority of runoff voters have been assured votes have been counted precisely within the November election. Still, a large 38% minority disagrees. 

Confident that votes have been counted precisely in 2020 election?

Yes — 62%

No — 38%

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Overall, six in 10 consider Biden was legitimately elected. Voters who backed Ossoff (98%) and Warnock (98%) have been much more more likely to say Biden was legitimately elected than Perdue (25%) and Loeffler (24%) voters have been to say the president-elect was elected legitimately.

Top causes for not voting included not liking politics typically, not liking the candidates, not realizing sufficient in regards to the candidates, and concern about publicity to the coronavirus.

Biggest motive stopping vote amongst nonvoters?

Don’t Like Politics — 21%

Don’t Like Candidates — 18%

Don’t Know About Candidates — 15%

Worry About Exposure To COVID — 15%

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Key points

Georgia voters mentioned a very powerful points dealing with the nation have been the pandemic and the economic system – adopted distantly by well being care and racism.

Most essential problem dealing with the nation?

Coronavirus — 43%

Economy & Jobs — 27%

Health Care — 8%

Racism — 8%

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Those who noticed the pandemic as a very powerful problem backed the Democratic candidates by broad margins — however there was bipartisan settlement on a number of measures associated to the pandemic. Majorities favored a masks mandate (74%) and thought Congress had completed an excessive amount of to assist giant companies in response to the pandemic (52%).


Few felt Congress had completed an excessive amount of to assist the little man.  Instead, roughly three-quarters mentioned the federal government had completed too little to assist people (72%) and small companies (73%).

Economy voters went Republican by broad margins (+60 for Perdue, +58 for Loeffler).


The FNVA is a survey of the American citizens carried out by NORC (National Opinion Research Center) on the University of Chicago for Fox News and The Associated Press. The survey of roughly 4,000 Georgians was carried out Dec. 28-Jan. 5, concluding on the finish of voting on Tuesday. It combines interviews with a random pattern of registered voters drawn from state voter recordsdata with self-identified registered voters chosen utilizing nonprobability approaches. The margin of sampling error for voters is estimated to be plus or minus 2.3 share factors. 

Full methods statement here.  

Fox News’ Victoria Balara and Sarah Tower-Richardi of Beacon Research contributed to this report.

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