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Nikki Haley Gets Post-Election Bump

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WINTHROP POLL: GOVERNOR ENTERS SECOND TERM ON SOLID FOOTING

By FITSNEWS || S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – whose approval ratings were once languishing in the low thirties – received substantially better marks on the latest Winthrop University survey.

The soon-to-be second termer – who is baring her soul in India at the moment – scored a job approval rating of 53.3 percent on the survey (compared to 36.3 percent who disapprove).  That’s Haley’s best-ever performance on this particular measurement – which her staff once mocked for its alleged lack of accuracy.

Looks like the scandal-scarred governor – who got 56 percent of the vote in a low-turnout election earlier this month – will begin her second term on pretty solid footing from a public approval standpoint.

Haley will also be in a much stronger position to influence the 2016 presidential primary in South Carolina …

By comparison, U.S. president Barack Obama‘s approval rating in South Carolina – a state he has yet to visit as president – stood at 40.6 percent (compared to 52.1 percent who disapprove).  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham scored a 49.5 percent approval rating with 38.9 percent disapproving of his job performance.

The most popular South Carolina politician?  U.S. Sen Tim Scott – whose job approval rating according to the poll was 58.1 percent.  Only 20.2 percent of respondents said they disapproved of the job Scott is doing – while 19 percent indicated they were “not sure” what to think of Scott (who has been a U.S. Senator for less than two years).

Winthrop surveyed 852 South Carolina residents using landlines and cell phones between November 9-16.  Its latest poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.

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