Clemson Poll: Graham Vulnerable
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is struggling with his “Republican” base in South Carolina according to a new poll from Clemson University.
Clemson professor Dave Woodard – who moonlights as a paid political operative – surveyed 500 South Carolinians who cast votes in two of the last three GOP primary elections. Fifty-three percent of these voters had a favorable impression of Graham compared to 36 percent who viewed him unfavorably.
Woodard’s numbers show S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley is viewed favorably by 70 percent of GOP voters, compared to 18 percent who viewed her unfavorably and 12 percent who said they were “undecided.” Haley’s GOP approval rating is identical to what it was in an April 2013 survey conducted by Winthrop University.
However, that poll found Haley favored by only 43.5 percent of general election voters.
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott was viewed favorably by 69 percent of GOP voters – compared to only six percent who viewed hum unfavorably. Meanwhile twenty-five percent of Republicans said they were “undecided” about Scott.
Graham’s most troubling number? Only 31 percent of Republicans say they will vote to reelect him regardless of who runs against him – while 19 percent of Republicans say they would not vote for him. Forty-five percent of respondents said they would vote for Haley regardless of who runs against her in a GOP primary, while 13 percent said they would not vote for her.