A new poll from the Democratic primary race in Georgia has Sanders winning the state with 68% support, compared to just 22% for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
With the exit polls, the results are not a surprise and are consistent with the exit poll data, said Marc Short, an assistant professor of political science at Georgia State University.
Sanders, who is running for president, has been polling in the high 70s, but that is not what people were expecting, said Short, who conducted the poll with pollster Frank Newport.
Clinton’s support is just below 70% in the latest poll, and Sanders has been trending down since the election.
A poll taken in January shows Clinton with a lead of six percentage points over Sanders, according to a pollster with a large political firm.
“The fact that Clinton is leading in the state and is leading at this point in time is consistent with what we’re seeing,” Short said.
The exit polls showed a majority of voters are satisfied with the state of their government, the pollster said.
About 42% of respondents were dissatisfied with how their government is being run, while 38% were satisfied with how things are going in the U.S. “I think people are feeling a lot better about their lives than they did in the last election,” Short added.
Sanders has held strong support in the polls, with the latest polls showing him up by over 20 points in the most recent polls.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm about him and I think that the turnout, I think is a great testament to that,” Newport said.
“You can see a lot more people going to the polls.
There’s a lot less cynicism, a lot fewer people saying they will not vote.
And I think voters are going to go out and vote.”
A poll of voters in the Georgia primary shows Clinton leading Sanders by six points, according a poll from Frank Newport and pollster Justin Barasky.
(Frank Newport and Justin Barawky) A new poll by a political consulting firm has Clinton up by seven points in Georgia, according the latest exit polls.
(Chuck Burton/Associated Press) Sanders won Georgia in the Democratic presidential primary, defeating Clinton in the presidential race.
(Associated Press/Associated House) The Associated Press contributed to this report.