Palmetto State Polled …

A POLITICAL, IDEOLOGICAL AND ECONOMIC SNAP SHOT …  Gallup has just released its latest snapshot of Palmetto State residents’ view of several “key metrics” heading into the 2014 midterm elections.  And while South Carolina is far from a “swing state,” it is a key early voting state in the upcoming…


Gallup has just released its latest snapshot of Palmetto State residents’ view of several “key metrics” heading into the 2014 midterm elections.  And while South Carolina is far from a “swing state,” it is a key early voting state in the upcoming presidential election.

So pay attention, presidential wannabes …

On partisan identification, 43 percent of respondents said were either Republican or “leaned Republican” – compared to 39 percent who were Democratic or leaned that way.  Those percentages were reversed at the national level – with Democrats (and Democratic leaners) enjoying a 43-39 lead over the GOP.

Ideologically, 42 percent of South Carolina respondents defined themselves as “conservative,” compared to 33 percent who said they were moderate and 18 percent who said they were liberal.  Nationally, conservatives and moderates draw 36 percent support compared to 23 percent for liberals.

On the economic front, Gallup asked South Carolinians to rate their confidence in the national economy on a scale of -100 to 100 – producing a -21 response (compared to the national average of -16).  The state economy scored a 23, though, identical to the national average.  Only 37 percent of South Carolinians said it was a good time to get a job in their city or area, though, below the national average of 4o percent.

Also only 42 percent of South Carolinians say they have a full-time job (below the national average of 43 percent).

For more data from the survey, CLICK HERE.


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Call your Mom already.... August 27, 2014 at 2:10 pm

It always important to know how old people with landlines and no caller ID feel about current trends. Just don’t ask them about those kids down the street and their music.

sparklecity August 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Good point
The main question I have is how come they did not ask how many considered themselves Independents (which is my political status) or Libertarians or is that included in the link?
If not in the link, than this poll is bogus.

Call your Mom already... August 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Because nobody cares.

Sandi Morals August 27, 2014 at 2:38 pm


Does that help, twinkle toes? :-)

curious August 27, 2014 at 2:52 pm

What do Republicans equal?

RogueElephant August 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Republicans = conservatives
RINOs = any of the above

curious August 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Moral conservatives, maybe.

nitrat August 27, 2014 at 3:50 pm

In 21st century America, there is no such thing as a moral conservative.

euwe max August 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Sure there are.. of course, they’re Mormons, in a nursing home, ugly as sin, psychotic or live on a farm.

Sandi Morals August 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Thanks Rogue.I missed that on from ‘curious’. Great answer.

Tom August 27, 2014 at 4:10 pm


Smirks August 28, 2014 at 8:16 am


Sandi Morals=dumbass

nitrat August 27, 2014 at 3:49 pm

It has been researched and researched. Only about 7% of ‘independents’ ever vote for more than one party. The vast majority of ‘independents’ just happen to habitually vote for the party that they ‘lean’ towards.
No one takes Libertarians seriously except the same teenage boys who love Ayn Rand.

Guero August 31, 2014 at 9:28 am

Ayn Rand, a chain-smoking serial adultress atheist who Repugnants in the House LOVE.

Philip Branton August 27, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Really Mr. Folks…..really…?

Ya know………we wonder if this article was really written by you at all..? You are supposed to be a SMART man…right? Mr. Folks…….when you see a poll, what is the first thing that zings through that noggin of yours..?


How many of your readers are smart enough to sit back and ask themselves just how informative this poll is to their pension investments..!? It would seem that you would pull some data from various sources and overlay some historical moments in time and suggest a way forward..!?

WIL……..what happens when the stock market is high..? What happens when Oil is “Low”….? What happens when Israel gets gas and oil from an Arab state..? WHat happens around 9/11…?? What happens during an election cycle “sweet spot”..? What happens when camps are “quiet”…? Wil, if you saw the Editor of the Post and Courier playing golf everyday instead of reporting “news”…..what would you do..?

Wil…….you have officially been “polled”…!

yawn August 27, 2014 at 3:41 pm

He’ll be back tomorrow.

E Norma Scok August 27, 2014 at 6:13 pm

BUT what inquiring minds REALLY want to, is how does this affect Cui Tiankai’s TASTE of MANDARIN or GAN RAMEN noodles? What does he REALLY prefer? AND WHEN will the HOUSE OF LEUNG make the appropriate “changes”?? WELLL??


AND when does his TASTE for a NON sub cultured RAMEN noodle affect NIKKI HALEY and her penchant for CANADIAN oil shale??


WHY, fellow BOSCH EMPLOYEES, does DARLA MOORE no longer drive a MERCEDES and ONLY will buy a LEXUS? HMMMM?

WHAT will YOU think when you “see” Leslie Cantu picking her children up from “school” rather than READING her newspaper?!?

AND WHAT does Zillur RAHMAN know and when did he know it?? And WHAT happens to BOBBY HARTIN AFTER the election cycle?


nitrat August 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

43% Republican / 39% Democrat — 4 measly points differences.
42% conservative (we know that mostly means reactionary) / 33% moderate + 18% liberal = 51% mod/lib
SC would/could be in serious play for Democrats if they weren’t so damned scared to talk about what they believed.
Forget about the TEA Party simpletons, you will never have them – and, by God, who the hell wants ’em? – and get moving.

Sandi Morals August 27, 2014 at 4:21 pm


If Democrats talked about what they “really believe” it would scare the shit out of ISIS.

Scooter August 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

No way in hades that 39% of the electorate considerate themselves Democrats. Maybe 30% and they can’t tell you who is on the ballot.

nitrat August 28, 2014 at 8:51 am

Blacks are 27% of SC population. Most are Democrats.
It’s NOT ridiculous that a minimum of 12% of whites call themselves Democrats, which would get to the 39%.

Thomas August 27, 2014 at 4:16 pm

This poll reflects the mentality from Generation Y, aka millennials. SC is screwed by this jerkwad generation and their selfie lovefest with themselves.

fuck you, old ass August 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Yeah, all the millennials and their landline phones. SC has been screwed mighty well by the current generation of baby boomers, thank you very much.

Smirks August 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

The boomers were given a helluva country and turned it into a Hell of a country.

Tom August 27, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Boy are you out of touch. This state has been run by Republicans since before anyone know what a Generation X or Y was. If you want to know who screwed SC, look int he mirror.

G.O.B. August 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

Headline Edit: Palmetto State “Poled” by Special Interest and Crony Capitalists

Mary August 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

The other states are more interesting. In VA, NC, and FL Democrats and Moderates outnumber Republicans and Conservatives. Maybe there is light at the end of a long dark tunnel.

Thomas August 28, 2014 at 2:02 am

The Hookup Generation makes up 36% of the US workforce. The MySpace Generation is expected to make up 46% of all US workers by 2020. That means 63% of them do not want to work…ever. And looking at some of their work quality and work habits using Fits News as an example, the Boomers will probably never get them out of the basement.

Millennials produce nothing. They consume frozen pizzas, ice cream, cereal, and potato chips as these food items have all expanded shelf space in the last 14 years. They approach sex like wine. Pretty label on the bottle, one good drunk then off to the next bottle. Millennials’ hook-up mentality is based on their approach to technology. Technology to an Echo-Boomer is a cell phone and Facebook. They recently took to Twitter because their inner hash tag point of view was able to flourish. They disdain hierarchical constructs. You know, Executive-Manager-Pee On, Creator-Created-Accountability. Instead of identifying with their employer, they get tired of having to be part of a team and quit. Church to them is running from one cult of personality to another. They are loners. They drift from one affinity group to another.

Is it any wonder they are drawn to government handouts? The current unemployment numbers reflects Millennials NOT in the workforce. They dropped out, turned out, and got pregnant. They are the homosexual smoke with it’s stench wafting through our society. A job to them is a web site and Google Ads. Innovation, products, manufacturing, patents, IPO’s, and math are abstract ideas to them. That takes work. As long as Millennials remain in love with their own image, expect these unemployment numbers and participation rates to remain. All they know is how to sponge off their Boomer parents. Attracted to the lowest common denominator in all things, perception is their lord and master. They are clueless, arrogant takers who have done nothing for America than to fill up her landfills with their toys, computers, cell phones, half eaten plates of food from Mr Windowpane’s, and trash from their junkfood.


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