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…


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.

Most amazing? She’s pulled it off in a so-called “Red State” by advancing a fiscally liberal agenda on taxesspendingeducation and (most notably) government-subsidized health care.

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.


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Judith April 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

Sheheen and the Democrats have shown they are MORE corrupt than Haley with the Richland County Legislative Delegation’s debacles and his unabashed support of the imfamously, openly and crazy ass corrupt Jean Toal. Harrell ran to the Democratic side with his and Toal’s purchase of the Black Caucus and turning on the Republicans trying to discipline him just a little bit. It may not be so much that Haley is going up in the polls as Sheheen and the Democrats going further down.

Smirks April 16, 2014 at 9:07 am

We’re talking shades of corruption here, though.

Centrist View April 16, 2014 at 9:36 am

50 shades?

a face in the crowd April 16, 2014 at 10:46 am

NO ONE is more corrupt than Haley.

vicupstate April 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

Since when is Sheheen on the Richland delegation? He isn’t.

Smirks April 16, 2014 at 9:06 am

Her response to the SCDoR incident alone should have ended her career. Amazing. Well, as they say, we deserve what we vote for.

As I’ve said before, this is proof positive that a strong governor system will not bring any more accountability to government than our current one does.

At least there’s plenty of false hope left for someone unseating Graham, though. Just remember who the morons lining up to vote for Haley are likely to vote for, though.

nitrat April 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

It will be interesting to see how long it takes The State and Brad Warthen to pick up on the fact there has been less and less accountability the longer their government ‘reorganization’, i.e., turning a meritocracy to cronyism, has gone on.

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Oh my! Just released emails show Lerner and DOJ were apparently in cahoots too rig 2012 elections.
Fire the popcorn up!Can you imagine Holder and Lerner sharing a cell together?

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

Dumba##s, do you keep voting ‘up’ on your insane and vulgar posts all day long?
Anyway the ‘morons’ you speak of that are likely to vote for Haley are people that contribute to their community and vote to sustain a quality of living they are comfortable with.People of faith and fiscally conservative.
Graham and Haley have as much chance of being defeated as your darling, Colbert-Busch,and the carpet bagger green peace commie Gloria Tinabu do of ever WINNING an election in SC!

a face in the crowd April 16, 2014 at 10:31 am

Haley is counting on your continued ignorance. Don’t forget to vote.

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 10:40 am

Many times! :-)

Ya Gotta Have Friends... April 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Thanks, Tango’s alter ego.

Karolyn April 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Graham??? Haley??? Please NOoooooo!

WTF April 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Not to mention the child abuse/murders by her DSS!
The Savanna River sell out!
The illegal destruction of Government emails!
I could go on and on.
Haley needs to Go!

WTF April 16, 2014 at 9:08 am

These new photos, used by Fits, have to be air brushed, or otherwise touched up!
In person, she does not look near as attractive.
Is this an attempt to help her reelection?
I do not care what her image and approval is! I voted for this failure once, never will again.
She is a mirror image of Obama and needs to go!
The voters sure have a short, short memory and attention span.

junior justice April 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Shifty Henry mentioned (a couple of weeks ago) that Fits was using better photos and he mentioned that some sort of announcement might be coming from down the road.

GrandTango April 16, 2014 at 9:40 am

Liberals think forcing your Ignorant policies on us, has no consequence, because the media tells you so…

Even mediocre Republicans look much better, when you elect based on your gods and idols, who perpetuate Disaster on the people…

The democrat party is doomed for a long, long time..and you can thank Obama for that….

PS: If you can find another slick, black candidate, and figure out a way to multiple vote, to keep stealing OH. Penn. and Fla…you can overcome your horrible leadership record…but I just don’t think you can keep getting away with the messes you make everywhere you rule…

Or: The FITS Liberal-tarians could shave enough of the GOP vote, if people are that stupid…but you better come up w/ something tricky…

Karolyn April 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

When people start voting candidate and not party, we may get somewhere. The Dems and Repubs are 2 sides of the same coin.

GrandTango April 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

How many Republican Votes did Obamacare get??…

What was Bush’s unemployment rate, when he had a GOP Congress, compared to Obama’s unemployment rate???

Who has tried to violate the 2nd Amendment; and who defended it?

Who has Putin Punked: Onbama or Bush???..

Who sided w/ Evil and murderous Muslim Radicals in Egypt: Obama or Bush??

What was the avg. gas price under Bush, compared to Obama???…

Walking around like a Dumb@$$…is no way to go through life…do a little research, or use you mind, before opening your mouth…

Grover April 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

Good job folks …everyone knows you are going to support Haley and her continued rape of our state and it people. How much time did you spend airbrushing this photo…does your wife know you keep this picture in your special place with tissue and lube….

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

Why the fixation on Haley’s looks?
My God,have you ever taken a look at a Democrat politician or office holder?UGLY!!From MuCOWski to Patty MOOrry,Shelia Lee and the rest of the abortion loving NAGS.Not a decent,clean looking woman that hold a state or national political office that I know of.
Do you recall right at the end of the SC1 House race when Colbert-Busch surrounded herself at that press conference with those ugly 250lb linebacker looking dames that said they once supported Sanford.
That move may have cost her the election.It scared the voters.
‘airbrush’?Need a magician to clean up a dem female office holder. :-)

kayla April 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

You cant paint a pig and it will still be a pig. Haley is a evil corrupt pig.

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

…and still Gov!Read em and weep!Order in the court,here come da judge-the VOTERS!

William Wallace April 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I can personally vouch for that!
You did leave out self serving, Lying!

Up Yours and Ours April 16, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Looks sometimes cause the uninformed idiots, to vote ONLY on physical appeal!
I remember a woman once told me she voted for Shitz Hollings cause, “He was good looking”! No wonder the country is screwed!

anon. April 16, 2014 at 11:22 am


jimlewisowb April 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

Roll on Gypsy Queen Dooh Nibor, dammit roll on !!

Bible Thumper April 16, 2014 at 11:33 am

Another false sexual allegation from a political hack would lift her poll numbers beyond reach of any opponent.

junior justice April 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Well, he could always say that she fakes her orgasms. Guys hate that!

Bible Thumper April 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

As long as my friends don’t find out, I don’t mind. Her support among women would soar.

ELCID April 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

Having lived in Columbia and just recently moved to the Greenville area, I was stunned by the lack of current political knowledge in the Upstate. In the UpState’s defense, it’s just about ever place in SC outside of Columbia. In Columbia, SC politics is as big as football, in the rest of the state, not much interest at all.

I made an offhand negative remark about Nicky Haley in a store in Greenville, a nice fellow jumped to her defense. He had no facts, just thought she was great. When I rattled off the rotten facts about Haley: sold out Charleston, took bribes from Georgia Savannah Ports supporters, kicked SC’s largest education donator Darla Moore off USC’s Board, took bribes from an Engineering Company and Lexington Hospital rip off consumers, DHEC outrage, Dept. Social Services incompetence, sex romps, more bribes, etc., etc. He was completely shocked and had no clue this had even happened. Once fully informed, he then agreed with me that she must go.

The main problem is most of SC citizens have their lives to live, and just don’t have the time to keep up with SC politics like they should. It takes lots of time and massive money to get the word out across the State about crooks like Haley.

FONZARELLI April 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm


Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

nikkiy, damn, even i don’t know how to spell it

Horse Grenades and Hand Shoes April 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

Vincent Sheheen decided his last campaign went so well, that he’ll just run the same one in 2014. I guess he’s never heard that hand grenades and horseshoes saying…

rebellozit April 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

Are you suprised?Democ RATs only know how too run ONE type of campaign-lie,cheat,lie,cheat,play the race card,lie,play the homophobe card,lie,cheat,play the anti-women card,lie,cheat and lie some more.

vicupstate April 16, 2014 at 11:56 am

Yeah, just like Lee Atwater always did.

Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm

recon what ya say is right

junior justice April 16, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I saw Vinny yesterday when he was buying balloons for an upcoming political meeting. He was kind enough to give me a minute of his time, and in response to my question he told me, “Gee, I always thought that was about Granada and horseshit.”

Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Folks, let’s face the facts. if we had real leadership in SC, we would be lost. SC will always be SC, what a shithole.

Norma Scok April 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Columbia resident?

Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 4:55 pm

SC by relitives, sorry. I live in orangeturd.

Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I’m a voting TRAV, coke&ho’s is da shit.

Norma Scok April 16, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Well Folks, I guess whatever it was you tried to do, worked. Or didn’t. Depending on your intentions. Whatever those really were.

euwe max April 16, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Well one good thing about Haley – she addressed the corruption in South Carolina.

Deo Vindice SC April 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm

You know. I guess i can understand. If I met her hot ass, I’d fuck her too. Just a man thing. One night only. I feel sorry for Hubby. PX Storm vs ? euwe to boot – (ah sc), what a beautiful day we have.

CharlesDikkens April 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm

She could get caught having sex with a goat and 51% would still vote for her. Oh wait, she was…

Derek April 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Winthrop poll didn’t ask me, and I’m voting for Sheheen. Maybe Haley can get her old lobbying jobs back from that hospital and engineering company that do business with the state.

Allen Olson April 17, 2014 at 7:08 am

Great article Will, it is no secret I have been a Haley supporter since day one and continue to be. I am a firm believer in (limited government), I am also a believer in an effective government and I believe her poll numbers are reflective in how she has governed. Like her or not, you can not argue the results. You can bet your life I will continue to support her and do what I can to help

Buz Martin April 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

Attractive pic of Haley. I mean not one of the butt-ugly ones. She looks like an attractive, sweet gracefully aging woman in that pic.

Hmmmm … what could this photo choice MEAN?


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