Nikki Haley: Cruise Control
SC GOVERNOR’S APPROVAL RATING HITS 50 PERCENT
S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s political rehabilitation – at least with her home state’s electorate – appears to be complete.
The Palmetto State governor – who was on the verge of being run out of office during her first year on the job due to a litany of scandals and missteps – has seen her political position stabilize, according to the latest polling data from Winthrop University.
Haley’s approval rating among all South Carolinians is currently 49.8 percent – while only 35 percent disapprove of the job she’s doing. Among registered voters, Haley’s approval rating is at 49.3 percent with 39.6 percent disapproving.
Those numbers may not sound awe-inspiring, but they are positively stratospheric compared to where Haley was after her first year in office.
After limping to a four-point victory over Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen (who is challenging Haley again in 2014), Haley’s first year in office was an unmitigated disaster.
In fact Winthrop clocked her approval rating in December 2011 at a dismal 34.6 percent among registered voters – with 43 percent disapproving. That poll also found Haley’s approval rating among self-identified “Republicans” at only 52.5 percent.
At the time Haley’s allies blasted the validity of the poll.
In December 2012, Winthrop had Haley’s approval rating at 38.3 percent – while 41.3 percent of Palmetto State residents disapproved of the job she was doing.
In other words the governor has seen an 11.5 percent spike in approval over the last fifteen months – and a 6.3 percent decline amongst those who don’t like her.
The latest Winthrop poll surveyed 877 South Carolina adults from April 6-13, 2014. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3. percentage points.