U.S. president Donald Trump has the support of a narrow majority of South Carolina voters – including overwhelming majorities of “Republican” primary voters. Meanwhile Palmetto State Democrats – like their national counterparts – universally loathe the 45th president.
According to the latest survey data from the Atlanta, Georgia-based Trafalgar Group, 53.36 of South Carolina voters say they approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Of those, 26.26 percent say they “strongly approve” of his performance in office. On the flip side 42.25 of South Carolina voters say they disapprove of Trump – 35.43 percent of them “strongly” disapproving.
Only 4.3 percent of Palmetto State voters had “no opinion” of the nation’s bombastic leader.
Trafalgar’s surveys have tremendous credibility. Not only is the firm one of the few polling outfits in the nation to correctly predict Trump’s upset November 2016 victory, its data has been uncannily accurate in predicting the mood of the South Carolina electorate.
Not surprisingly, South Carolina voters’ views on Trump depend in large part on their partisan affiliation. Among GOP primary voters, 76.75 percent say they approve of Trump’s performance – including 38.85 percent who “strongly” approve. Meanwhile 19.13 percent of GOP primary voters say they disapprove of Trump’s performance – including 15.23 percent who “strongly” disapprove.
Among the state’s Democratic primary voters, a whopping 83.34 percent say they disapprove of Trump – including 71.04 percent who “strongly” disapprove. That’s the definition of intense, monolithic opposition. Only 11.63 percent of South Carolina Democrats approve of Trump, and of that subset only 3.07 percent strongly approve.
Trump is roughly where he was in November 2016 when he carried South Carolina with 54.9 percent of the vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton‘s 40.8 percent.
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