ARE THE NUMBERS ACCURATE, THOUGH?
Nearly four months after he obliterated former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in South Carolina by a fifteen-point margin, U.S. president Donald Trump has seen his popularity plummet in the Palmetto State.
Or at least that’s what a new survey from Winthrop University would have you believe …
According to the poll – which was released early Thursday morning (February 23) – Trump is struggling to pick up public support, with 47 percent of South Carolina residents disapproving of his job performance compared to just 44 percent who approve.
Among citizens who identified as Republicans, 77 percent said they approve of the job Trump is doing compared to 12 percent who disapprove. Among white citizens, the poll registered Trump’s approval rating at 58 percent (compared to 38 percent who disapprove) while black citizens disapproved of Trump’s job performance by a whopping 79-7 percent spread.
Is Winthrop’s data accurate? That’s up for debate. This same poll had Trump leading Clinton by only four points in the Palmetto State leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Accurate or not, the state’s left-leaning mainstream media lapped up the results.
“Donald Trump is receiving the same lukewarm approval marks in the Palmetto State as the remainder of the country,” reporter Andrew Shain of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier observed.
Winthrop says its poll – which surveyed 703 South Carolina residents by landline and cell phones between February 12-21 – has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percent.
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