We were legitimately surprised three months ago when Public Policy Polling (PPP) released data showing S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who at the time had been in office less than five months – with an approval rating of only 42 percent among Palmetto state voters.
Well for starters, Haley won election with 51.3 percent of the vote. Also, just ten days earlier Haley’s Maryland-based pollster released the results of a survey showing her with a 57.5 percent approval rating among all voters – and a 74 percent approval rating among Republicans.
While we knew those numbers were way too high, but we anticipated her actual approval rating to be somewhere in the 49-51 percent range.
But 42 percent?
“If true, those are positively awful numbers for a governor who has been in office less than five months and is supposedly still enjoying a ‘honeymoon’ period,” we wrote at the time, pointing out that the same Democratic polling firm showed Haley enjoying a 36-24 favorable-to-unfavorable spread shortly after she took office.
Well guess what … three months after Haley’s disastrous early report card, her numbers have actually gotten worse.
According to the latest PPP survey, only 41 percent of South Carolina voters currently approve of the job Haley is doing as governor. Meanwhile, 43 percent disapprove. Sixteen percent of respondents are “not sure” how they feel about Haley.
The only silver lining for the unpopular first-term chief executive? She would still beat Democrat Vincent Sheheen in a head-to-head race.
PPP surveyed 587 South Carolina voters from August 25-28. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.