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Parsing The SC-1 Poll

The first congressional district is an interesting animal … In a state full of dirt poor, borderline illiterates it represents the richest and most intellectually advanced region of the state – including population centers in Charleston, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island (and having shed the “Redneck Riviera” of Myrtle Beach…

The first congressional district is an interesting animal …

In a state full of dirt poor, borderline illiterates it represents the richest and most intellectually advanced region of the state – including population centers in Charleston, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island (and having shed the “Redneck Riviera” of Myrtle Beach during the recent redistricting).

It’s also decidedly “Republican,” supporting GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by nearly 20 percentage points. That’s why it surprised us to see a new poll showing Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch running neck-and-neck (or slightly ahead) of her two potential rivals in a May special election for the district’s congressional seat – vacated earlier this year by newly appointed U.S. Sen. Tim Scott.

(To read our story on those results, click here).

Anyway, the survey was conducted last weekend by Public Policy Polling (PPP) – a North Carolina-based firm. And while PPP is a Democratic outfit, its results in South Carolina have been solid of late.

So …

Aside from the first district race, what else did PPP poll?

Well, they wanted to know how U.S. President Barack Obama is doing (41 percent approve of his job performance, 57 percent disapprove). They also tested the same question for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley (41 percent approve of her job performance, 45 percent disapprove), U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (40 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove) and Scott (53 percent approve, 26 percent disapprove).

As for “favorability,” PPP asked first district voters whether they had a favorable impression of comedian Stephen Colbert – sister of the Democratic candidate. Thirty-six percent did, while 27 percent did not. The same question was posed regarding Jenny Sanford – ex-wife of former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination in this district. Fifty-five percent did, while only eighteen percent did not.

Clearly Haley and Graham have their work cut out for them when it comes to rehabilitating themselves with first district voters … while Obama’s poor performance means we should expect every Democrat who runs in this district to be labeled an “Obama liberal” by their GOP opponents.

PPP surveyed 1,175 likely voters in the district from March 22-24. Its poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.

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44 comments

BigT March 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’m interested in a REAL (honest, accurate) poll. But not this one.

I’m scared to death, for my state, that the voters down there will embarrass us and send the phony, non-accomplishing and self-centered, selfish Mark Sanford back to a seat he Bragged about term-limiting out of of, years ago.

We need to go FORWARD..not backward. Sanford is backward…

Bob Inglis turned out to be a DISASTER upon his greedy return to office..and Sanford is a lot like Inglis. When you repeat stupid mistakes, the suffering can be harsh.

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Smirks March 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

We need to go FORWARD.

I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

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BigT March 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

I did not mean Forward over the Cliff, like that complete Dumb@$$ Obama is driving us. Where are the F*#kin jobs????…the economy is not better, and that sorry son of a B!*ch just keeps going on va-cay…Must be nice…and yall should feel like the duped idiots you are…

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Karl_Popper March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

What have the Republicans sone about jobs? Nothing. They have blocked every jobs initiative.

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BigT March 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Karl (Marx)…Republicans want the Keystone pipeline. They want clean coal to be on the market. The GOP opposes taxes that choke job creation. Republicans do not pour GOVERNMENT money into Wasteful, Stupid solar companies like Solyndra..
In GOP Lexington County, Amazon came…Nephron will open soon…Michelin and Time Warner have added hundreds and hundreds of jobs….

States w/ Republican governors are courting industry and doing better. Liberal Obama states are raising taxes and running out EARNERS for the sake of the Takers…
You are an idiot, if you do not know any of this. You must have voted for Obama…

Smirks March 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

“Keystone XL will create lots of jobs! Coal is clean! Let’s cut taxes (for the rich)! Subsidies for solar and wind is a waste of tax dollars that could be going to Big Oil instead! No one understands the genius of the Republican party like I do!”

Suuuuure, BigT, suuuuuuuuure… *tightens the straps on the white jacket*

BigT March 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Again: Smirks…the ecoomy is in the Crapper…and has been since you lord and savior took office. Quit making excuses, and looking like a F*#kin’ idiot in the process….

Yo Crackhead! March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Funny, Idiot! Keystone ala exporting oil, no big U.S. jobs nor oil for domestic use. Clean Coal is not so clean (more than 500 million gallons of toxic coal sludge burst through a retention wall in eastern Tennessee, causing massive property damage) Want me to go on, or are the facts giving you a rectal rash? You goddamn scumbag…

BigT March 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You are broken Liberal Cliché…The unemployment rate is atrocious…and you lord and savior Obama has done nothing (but fail and screw up.) He’s too STUPID I guess..

What is disgusting is to see his disciples making excuses only the Ignorant would buy…Quit promoting Failure because you lack intelligence…

Yo Crackhead March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks to your education level, I’m not surprised by your remarks, BigT!

Yo Crackhead March 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

…or your level of research skills.

Isotope Soap March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

Lol!

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Yeah, so? March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

It’s a good thing you don’t live down there…be a damn shame for you to vote for the lesser of two evils and vote Dem. Lol!

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BigT March 27, 2013 at 10:27 am

I’m interested in a REAL (honest, accurate) poll. But not this one.

I’m scared to death, for my state, that the voters down there will embarrass us and send the phony, non-accomplishing and self-centered, selfish Mark Sanford back to a seat he Bragged about term-limiting out of of, years ago.

We need to go FORWARD..not backward. Sanford is backward…

Bob Inglis turned out to be a DISASTER upon his greedy return to office..and Sanford is a lot like Inglis. When you repeat stupid mistakes, the suffering can be harsh.

Reply
Smirks March 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

We need to go FORWARD.

I’m Barack Obama and I approve this message.

Reply
BigT March 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

I did not mean Forward over the Cliff, like that complete Dumb@$$ Obama is driving us. Where are the F*#kin jobs????…the economy is not better, and that sorry son of a B!*ch just keeps going on va-cay…Must be nice…and yall should feel like the duped idiots you are…

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Karl_Popper March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

What have the Republicans sone about jobs? Nothing. They have blocked every jobs initiative.

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BigT March 27, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Karl (Marx)…Republicans want the Keystone pipeline. They want clean coal to be on the market. The GOP opposes taxes that choke job creation. Republicans do not pour GOVERNMENT money into Wasteful, Stupid solar companies like Solyndra..
In GOP Lexington County, Amazon came…Nephron will open soon…Michelin and Time Warner have added hundreds and hundreds of jobs….

States w/ Republican governors are courting industry and doing better. Liberal Obama states are raising taxes and running out EARNERS for the sake of the Takers…
You are an idiot, if you do not know any of this. You must have voted for Obama…

Smirks March 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

“Keystone XL will create lots of jobs! Coal is clean! Let’s cut taxes (for the rich)! Subsidies for solar and wind is a waste of tax dollars that could be going to Big Oil instead! No one understands the genius of the Republican party like I do!”

Suuuuure, BigT, suuuuuuuuure… *tightens the straps on the white jacket*

BigT March 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Again: Smirks…the ecoomy is in the Crapper…and has been since you lord and savior took office. Quit making excuses, and looking like a F*#kin’ idiot in the process….

Yo Crackhead! March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Funny, Idiot! Keystone ala exporting oil, no big U.S. jobs nor oil for domestic use. Clean Coal is not so clean (more than 500 million gallons of toxic coal sludge burst through a retention wall in eastern Tennessee, causing massive property damage) Want me to go on, or are the facts giving you a rectal rash? You goddamn scumbag…

BigT March 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You are broken Liberal Cliché…The unemployment rate is atrocious…and you lord and savior Obama has done nothing (but fail and screw up.) He’s too STUPID I guess..

What is disgusting is to see his disciples making excuses only the Ignorant would buy…Quit promoting Failure because you lack intelligence…

Yo Crackhead March 27, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Thanks to your education level, I’m not surprised by your remarks, BigT!

Yo Crackhead March 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

…or your level of research skills.

John Boy March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

Lol!

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Yeah, so? March 27, 2013 at 10:47 am

It’s a good thing you don’t live down there…be a damn shame for you to vote for the lesser of two evils and vote Dem. Lol!

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Mickey March 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

“most intellectually advanced region of the state”?????????????? Who took that poll?!

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Karl_Popper March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

Obviously you know nothing about SC.

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Bubbas Brother March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I think he meant “…most inbred assholish region of the state…”

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Mickey March 27, 2013 at 11:33 am

“most intellectually advanced region of the state”?????????????? Who took that poll?!

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Karl_Popper March 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

Obviously you know nothing about SC.

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The Colonel (R) March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I think he meant “…most inbred assholish region of the state…”

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jimlewisowb March 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

ok

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jimlewisowb March 27, 2013 at 11:50 am

ok

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Crooner March 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Tim Scott’s approval rating is 55%??!! What has he done as Senator? I must have missed it.

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? March 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

He’s black and potentially gay….as a Republican he’s an accomplished token.

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Crooner March 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Tim Scott’s approval rating is 55%??!! What has he done as Senator? I must have missed it.

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? March 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm

He’s black and potentially gay….as a Republican he’s an accomplished token.

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Ike March 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

That’s a surprising poll, and doesn’t seem to make sense. Anyway, I’m voting for Colbert since we’ve already got enough conservatives in congress. Enough already.

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Ike March 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

That’s a surprising poll, and doesn’t seem to make sense. Anyway, I’m voting for Colbert since we’ve already got enough conservatives in congress. Enough already.

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Jimmy March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Vote for Colbert over Sanford. I would rather have her for one year than Sanford for multiple terms.

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vicupstate March 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Anyone who voted for the other GOP candidates will feel and do the same, if they have any sense.

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Jimmy March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Vote for Colbert over Sanford. I would rather have her for one year than Sanford for multiple terms.

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vicupstate March 27, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Anyone who voted for the other GOP candidates will feel and do the same, if they have any sense.

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