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04/24/2012

Winthrop Poll Shows S.C. Residents Evenly Divided on How Gov. Haley is Performing

Quick Facts

 When asked if they approved or disapproved of the way Nikki Haley is handling her job as governor of South Carolina, respondents were almost evenly divided on the subject, with 37.3% of all respondents saying they approved of the governor’s performance, while 36.5% reacted negatively.
 Compared with Winthrop’s previous poll (February 2012), South Carolinians are feeling much better about the jobs situation on both the national and state levels. When asked about the most important problem facing the U.S.—and the most important problem facing S.C.—almost one-third fewer respondents identified jobs or unemployment as the most pressing issue.

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Scott Huffmon

RESULTS OF LATEST WINTHROP POLL TAKEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA ARE IN

THOSE POLLED EVENLY DIVIDED ON HOW GOV. HALEY IS DOING HER JOB BUT ALMOST 60% OF REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS,
WHO ARE REGISTERED VOTERS AND LEAN REPUBLICAN, GIVE HER A THUMBS-UP

COMPARED WITH RESULTS OF MOST RECENT WINTHROP POLL (FEB. 2012), ALMOST 25% MORE RESPONDENTS SAY S.C. IS ON RIGHT TRACK
ALMOST ONE-THIRD FEWER PEOPLE IDENTIFIED JOBS/UNEMPLOYMENT AS #1 PROBLEM FACING U.S. AND S.C. AND NEARLY 20% MORE FEEL THE ECONOMY IN S.C. IS GETTING BETTER

ALMOST 60% OF THOSE FAMILIAR WITH TRAYVON MARTIN/GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CASE THINK ZIMMERMAN ACTED IRRESPONSIBLY AND SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR MARTIN’S DEATH

NEARLY 80% OPPOSE REGULATIONS ALLOWING PERMIT HOLDERS TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS INTO RESTAURANTS/BARS THAT SERVE ALCOHOL

ALMOST 70% SAY INCREASED GAS PRICES CAUSING THEM TO REDUCE SPENDING ON OTHER THINGS

OVER 50% OF REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS, WHO LEAN REPUBLICAN AND ARE REGISTERED VOTERS, APPROVE OF THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT, BUT MORE THAN 80% OF THEM DON’T CONSIDER THEMSELVES MEMBERS

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The results of the latest Winthrop Poll, of 981 adults living in South Carolina, taken between April 15-22 are in. Results which use all respondents have a margin of error of +/-3.13% at the 95% confidence level, according to Scott Huffmon, poll director and professor of political science. Reported results using a subset of the entire sample will naturally have a higher margin of error.

For information on methodology, see here.

For questions and responses, see here.

Among the Winthrop Poll findings:

• When asked if they approved or disapproved of the way Nikki Haley is handling her job as governor of South Carolina, respondents were almost evenly divided on the subject, with 37.3% of all respondents saying they approved of the governor’s performance, while 36.5% reacted negatively. However, among Republicans and Independents who are registered voters and lean Republican, her approval rating is almost 60%, with one-in-five disapproving (20.2%).

• Compared with Winthrop’s previous poll (February 2012), South Carolinians are feeling much better about the jobs situation on both the national and state levels. When asked about the most important problem facing the U.S.—and the most important problem facing S.C.—almost one-third fewer respondents identified jobs or unemployment as the most pressing issue. While 22% identified jobs/unemployment in February as the number one problem nationally, now 14.7% selected that, and while 36.5% identified jobs/unemployment as the number one issue for S.C. in February, now 26.4% see that as the most pressing problem facing the state.

• Meanwhile when compared with February’s poll, 25.8% more respondents say the condition of the economy in S.C. is very good, or fairly good (47.8% now vs. 38% in February). And almost 20% more felt the economy in S.C. is getting better compared with the February results (58.8% now vs. 49.1% in February).

• Almost 80% of respondents (79.4%) said they were very, or somewhat, familiar with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman incident.

• Almost 50% (49.7%) said the national media has given too much attention to the case, while one-third (33.6%) felt that had gotten it just right.

• Of those familiar with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, 57.2% felt that Zimmerman acted irresponsibly and should be held accountable for Martin’s death, while 12.5% felt Zimmerman acted responsibly.

• Almost eight-out-of-10 respondents (78.1%) oppose regulations that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry their weapons into restaurants/bars that serve alcohol.

• Nearly 70% of respondents (67.7%) said gas prices had caused them to consciously cut back their spending on other things.

• While over half of the Republicans and Independents who lean Republican and are registered voters say they approve of the Tea Party movement (50.9%), a whopping 83.8% do not consider themselves to be members of the Tea Party.

• When asked to identify what they used for their main source of news, respondents were almost evenly divided among National Cable TV (23.8%), the Internet (22.6%), and Local TV (21.1%).

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.


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