PPP Survey: SC Voters Want Stephen Colbert

ALSO, S.C. GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY GETS LOW MARKS ON YET ANOTHER REPORT CARD No joke!  Comedian Stephen Colbert is the top choice of South Carolina to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint in Washington, D.C. – while S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s job approval took a beating for the second straight…


No joke!  Comedian Stephen Colbert is the top choice of South Carolina to replace outgoing U.S. Senator Jim DeMint in Washington, D.C. – while S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s job approval took a beating for the second straight week.

According to a Public Policy Polling survey released this week, Colbert received the support of 20 percent of Palmetto State residents – beating out U.S. Rep. Tim Scott (15 percent), U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (14 percent), former S.C. First Lady Jenny Sanford (11 percent), former Gov. Mark Sanford (8 percent), former S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster (8 percent), U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (5 percent), U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (5 percent) and U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (4 percent).

Eleven percent said they were not sure who should replace DeMint – who is stepping down from his Senate seat to assume the leadership of The Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

The poll also provided another disappointing report card for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who will choose DeMint’s interim replacement.  According to PPP, only 42 percent of South Carolina voters approve of the job Haley is doing.  Meanwhile 49 percent of those surveyed said they disapproved of Haley’s performance as governor.  Haley’s struggles are particularly pronounced among Democrats and independents.  Only 15 percent of Democrats approve of her performance compared to 78 percent who disapprove.  Among independents, only 28 percent approve of her performance compared to 57 percent who disapprove.

That last statistic spells real trouble for Haley’s reelection bid …

“Nikki Haley could score some points with the Democrats and independent voters she’s struggling with by appointing Stephen Colbert to the US Senate,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But if she goes down a more traditional path voters’ top choice is Tim Scott.”

PPP is a Democratic firm based in North Carolina, although its results have been extremely accurate in the Palmetto State.  In fact they mirror the results of another recent South Carolina survey.

Last week, a Winthrop University poll showed Haley’s approval rating at 38 percent among all South Carolinians – with 41 percent disapproving.  Among registered voters, the Winthrop poll had Haley’s approval rating at 40 percent with 42.4 percent disapproving.  Haley has attacked the Winthrop numbers in the past as being biased and inaccurate.

PPP surveyed 520 South Carolina voters from December 7-9.  The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.3 percent.



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vicupstate December 10, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Replacing Jim DeMint with Stephen Colbert would certainly improve our image nationaly.

I believe PPP also did a poll of potential primary opponents for Graham. They will prbably drop that tomorrow.

Ram Jack December 10, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Replacing him with Joe Wilson or any of the Dysfunctional Wilson tribe would deteriorate our image nationally–assuming it can deteriorate any lower than it is now.

JustTheFactsMa'am December 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Just goes to show how irrelevant polls like this are and/or how stupid the respondents are.

? December 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm

While a preponderance of the respondents are stupid unfortunately the polls are not irrelevant.

vicupstate December 10, 2012 at 2:22 pm

DeMint’s approval/disapproval was a mere 49-40. So much for holding the ‘most popular SC politician’ title that FITS is always labeling him as. Of course, next to Haley’s lousy numbers, he is do well by comparison.

Also, note that just as many people thought it was inappropriate as appropriate for DeMint to resign.

fitsnews Author December 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

given the 1 to 1 split on the appropriateness of DeMint’s decision, it’s safe to say his numbers were much better prior to last week’s announcement …

chet December 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Why is it that no one ever asks my opinion on such a nationally-reported poll?

vicupstate December 10, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The Washington Post is reporting that Haley won’t appoint a placeholder, and that she will be ‘available to the media’ tomorrow in North Charleston.

tomstickler December 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

DeMint got a big pay raise moving out of the Senate.

Colbert would have to take a big pay cut.

Sailor December 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Yea, and his votes would give Nikki the shits!

Strickland December 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

And this is why I’m not a small-d Democrat. You can’t trust regular citizens to make substantial civic decisions. (And yes–I know that’s what Americans already do–but just look at where the country is now.)

carrie December 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The PPP Survey say both parties in SC gave Jenny Sanford high marks.

Brigid December 10, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Colbert is not funny, neither is the other idiot John Leibowitz. Funny perhaps if you are in the 8th grade.

Jan December 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

You obviously do not watch the shows.

BigT December 10, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I think Colbert is a Glaring example of how un-creative, lame and liberal so-called comedy is now…

It’s pretty much a Bash of anyone not Leftwing Idiot…and it passes to the dullards and dolts as funny…

This dude is as every much as self-promoting, opportunist, greedy and grubbing as Mark Sanford, FITS or the Housewife Hos of NY…

So little has any charater or depth anymore…and Colbert is prime support of that fact…

If you give him any credit (sse FITS) it’s an indication of your own lack of ability or talent…

fitsnews Author December 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Big T-

The sky is blue. Discuss …


tomstickler December 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Just as at the Correspondent’s Dinner a few years back, Colbert is too hip for this room.

Carl Spackler December 10, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Maybe Sid can discuss the frequency distribution of colors in the sky? It would be just as amusing.

Thomas December 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

LOL…not only that, but you can add the list the low-life amphibious shit that writes his material….truly superficial

Head writer
Barry Julien

Staff writers
Michael Brumm
Stephen Colbert (also executive producer)
Rich Dahm (also co-executive producer)
Paul Dinello (also consulting producer)
Eric Drysdale
Rob Dubbin
Glenn Eichler
Dan Guterman
Jay Katsir
Frank Lesser
Opus Moreschi
Tom Purcell (also executive producer)
Meredith Scardino
Ozamataz Buckshank
Scott Sherman
Max Werner
[edit]Former writers

Bryan Adams
Peter Grosz
Peter Gwinn
Michael Koman
Allison Silverman (also executive producer)

Alan Brady had only three writers, Rob, Salley, and Buddy…

Bonhoeffer December 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

There’s the old saying: “If you are the brightest person in the room–you are in the wrong room”. Well, it appears that in the aforementioned company, Colbert is “in the wrong room.”

Judy Chop December 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm

That is why I drink so much. At cocktail parties I drink to make other people seem interesting to me. After and hour or so it become apparent that I am the second most popular person in the room — all the rest of the losers are tied for first place.

Bonhoeffer December 10, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Judy, I’m kind of like George W. Bush in his younger days, “I like the taste of it.”

Henry December 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Colbert is more intelligent than any politician that would be coming out of South Carolina.

Kelly J December 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Can’t believe Joe Wilson got any votes at all. The pollsters must have hit upon the Wilson clan in their polling.

Knott December 11, 2012 at 1:10 am

Why did Fits just report a flat out distortion. No, 20 percent does not equate to a group wanting anything.

it’s obvious Tim Scott is getting the seat, and no R will dare run against him in the 2014 primary to avoid the “racist” tag.

Knott December 11, 2012 at 1:12 am

Just a bit of googling, but this polling company is democrat party run. Fits should have done their homework.

Cuvinny December 11, 2012 at 4:35 am

You must of done some real in depth research considering it is on the front of their website. Did you see where they were the most accurate pollster during the presidential election?

BigT December 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

One of the WORST consequences of Obama 2012, you have Chronically FAILED and Stupid people (like Vinny) sure they are Right…

You F*^&kin Dumb@$$…that poll was going to have Obama Winning no matter what…They are just lucky that the there are enough cheaters and/or idiots in Ohio, Pa. and Fla. to make them seem relevent to idiots, like you….

Philip C. Branton December 11, 2012 at 8:22 am

Dear Stephen Colbert……

Let’s sit here shall we and really consider what you would bring to the Senate after this appointment.

1) You know how to entertain voters and educate them while they laugh. Does Jim Demint or Graham or Clyburn give voters nightly updates and outlook..?

2) You have generated how much tax revenue for Comedy Central and the U S Government….

3) Would you consider yourself more open and transparent than DeMint and Clyburn…

4) No voter in the State of South Carolina would consider Al Franken a joke in the Senate…..and your better than him..!!

5) You may have to give up your slot on Comedy Central but you still would have the freedom of speech to have a nightly WEB SHOW from your Senate OFFICE for charity…!!

6) …….

Jan December 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

Why would he have to give up his show? Just move the production studios to Washington. I see no reason he could not do both.

MountainPenelope December 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

I’d vote for Colbert in a heartbeat over the class of criminal clowns whose names have been put forward.

Philip Branton December 11, 2012 at 10:53 am

Dear Nikki Haley………

Considering what has been happening in Africa in the last three weeks, I pray to God you get a grasp of CLARITY.

Who are you listening too…!? Your photo Ops with MRAPS speaks volumes.

Nikki, do you know what an ANACONDA is..? Well, between you and me, you may want to read theses articles for some pondering thoughts…





Now, if your just so busy that you cannot find time to read and think about the dominos involved, take this hint…… is gas prices going to react to these signals? How will commodities traders hedge bets..? More importantly…….how will South Carolina citizens PENSIONS be impacted..?!

Nikki……WAKE the freak ….UP..!!! (Samuel L. Jackson frowns)


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