South Carolina voters have had it with former Gov. Mark Sanford – and are still forming their impressions of new Gov. Nikki Haley.
These not-too-terribly surprising conclusions come courtesy of a new survey released this month by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic firm based in Raleigh, North Carolina. According to PPP, only 39 percent of South Carolinians approve of Sanford’s job performance compared to 49 percent who disapprove.
Worse for Sanford, 55 percent of South Carolinians say they would not vote for him again if he ran for public office.
“Mark Sanford probably doesn’t stand a much better chance than Alvin Greene of winning anything more important than dog catcher,” the pollsters note.
And if these numbers are accurate … they’re right.
Bear in mind that this poll was conducted right around the time numerous photos of Sanford and his Latin lover, Maria Belen Chapur, were beginning to circulate around the internet. Obviously it’s too soon to say what sort of an impact Sanford’s rekindled relationship with Chapur will have on his political future – whether here at home or on the national stage.
Clearly these results aren’t encouraging for a politician plotting a comeback.
Meanwhile, 36 percent of Palmetto state voters said they approve of the job S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is doing compared to 24 percent who disapprove. Forty percent have not made up their mind about Haley, however, and after less than a month in office she is already trailing among voters who describe themselves as “moderates.” She also has a smaller approval rating among female voters – who comprised 54 percent of this sample.
The PPP poll surveyed 1,167 South Carolina voters between January 28 and 30. Its margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percent. To check out the poll (and its crosstabs) for yourself, click on the link below …