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S.C. GOVERNOR GETS LOW MARKS IN NEW WINTHROP POLL

S.C. Governor Nikki Haley continues to earn anemic approval ratings from the people of South Carolina, according to the results of a new Winthrop University poll released this week.

Haley’s approval rating among all South Carolinians currently stands at a dismal 38.3 percent – while 41.3 percent of Palmetto State residents disapprove of the job she is doing as governor.  Among registered voters, Haley’s numbers are about the same – with 40 percent approving of her job performance and 42.4 percent disapproving. Among Republicans, Haley does better – with 61.5 percent of registered GOP voters (including Republican “leaners”) approving of her performance compared to only 19 percent who disapprove.

These results are no surprise.  In fact we published a story last month in which a pair of political consultants – one Republican and one Democrat – painted precisely this picture of public opinion as it relates to Haley.

In April, a Winthrop poll found Haley’s approval rating at 37.3 among all South Carolinians – with 36.5 percent disapproving.  Meanwhile in December 2011, Haley’s approval rating was 34.6 percent – with 43 percent disapproving.

The Winthrop poll surveyed 929 South Carolinians between November 25 – December 1 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. To view its results and read more about its methodology, click on the link below.

DECEMBER 2012 WINTHROP POLL

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