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Current Findings

Winthrop Poll February 2017 - General Population in SOUTH CAROLINA

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA– The latest Winthrop Poll results show that 47% of South Carolina residents disapprove of how President Donald Trump is handling the nation’s top job, while 44% approve. His approval numbers in South Carolina are higher than his current national approval rating.

Within his own party, the 45
th president has support from 77% of residents who are GOP or lean Republican. Donald Trump received nearly 55% of the November presidential votes cast in South Carolina.

Since his January inauguration, Trump has stirred up varying emotions across the country.

Winthrop Poll respondents were given a range of adjectives to describe Trump, the results of which reflect a wide spectrum. Among the findings were these observations:

-          More than three-quarters of South Carolina Republicans said they are proud of the president, said he’s confident, and stands up for people like them

-          More than four-fifths of African Americans in SC said the word “safe” inaccurately described how Trump made them feel. Nearly 80% of them disapprove of how Trump is handling his job.

-          Only 39% of residents describe Trump as thoughtful

SC GOVERNOR HENRY MCMASTER AND OTHERS 

S.C. Governor Henry McMaster’s approval rating in South Carolina is 44% but more than a 1/3 of residents said that they don’t know whether they approve or disapprove of him. His approval rating is 28 points higher than his disapproval rating. Elected as the lieutenant governor, McMaster took over as governor on Jan. 24 after Trump tapped S.C. Governor Nikki Haley to be the United Nations ambassador.


Meanwhile, Congress received a stamp of approval from one-quarter of respondents and the S.C. General Assembly got a nod from 45% of those polled. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has a 46% disapproval rating. The state’s junior senator, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is more highly rated among the Republican base, has a 55% approval rating among the general population.


When asked on a scale from 0 (“cool”) to 100 (“warm”) how they felt about people, movements or symbols, respondents’ average “feeling thermometer” scores were:

•             Donald Trump, 48

•             Barack Obama, 61

•             Muslims, 59

•             Hispanics, 71

•             Refugees coming to America from other countries, 51

•             Whites or Caucasians, 75

•             Blacks or African Americans, 78

•             The Confederate flag, 41

•             The Police, 74

•             Black Lives Matter movement, 48

 

The average feeling thermometer score for each item could vary widely by subgroup of respondents.

 

ECONOMY

More than half of South Carolina residents (59%) said our country’s economy is very good or fairly good and a majority believe this country’s conditions as a whole are getting better. Two out of three residents think South Carolina is moving in a positive direction, and 70% think the condition of the state’s economy is either very or fairly good.

Nearly 60% described their own financial situation as good or excellent.

S.C. residents said immigration is the most important problem facing the United States, followed by the economy, racism, Donald Trump, and political division. Those surveyed said the most important issues facing the Palmetto State are roads/bridges/infrastructure, jobs or unemployment, education, economy, and racism.

 

RACIAL ISSUES 

Half of S.C. African American respondents said their race contributes to their personal identity. About 40% rated the country’s race relations as poor, while 57% of whites rated it as either good or only fair. In the Palmetto State, things were a bit better as 37% rated relations as poor, while three-fourths of whites rated it as excellent, good or only fair.

Fewer than half of African American residents (49%) said they were discriminated in the year because of their race or ethnicity, while only 24% of white residents felt the same way. A majority of both groups, particularly blacks (92%) feel that it is important for people of their race to work together to change laws that are unfair to their race or ethnicity. Sixty percent of blacks said they felt ignored on certain issues because of their race.

 

MISCELLANEOUS ISSUES

The Winthrop Poll looked at a series of other issues that Palmetto State residents may be concerned about:

·         Four of out of five residents favored making it a crime to post online or share sexually explicit pictures without the expressed consent of those in the pictures.
·        Eighty-one percent of respondents favored requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees unless the employer could demonstrate that the accommodation imposed an undue hardship on the business.
·         Nearly 70% favored requiring schools to base their curriculum on reproductive health solely on evidence-based research.
·        Sixty-three percent favored an amendment to the S.C. Constitution to create an Independent Reapportionment Commission that would be in charge of redrawing lines when the population changes.
·        More than 80% approved of the death penalty for Dylann Roof, the young man who entered the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and shot ten members who were gathered for Bible study in June 2015. Nine of them died. Roof received the death penalty in January.

 

METHODOLOGY

For this latest Winthrop Poll, callers surveyed 703 South Carolina residents by landline and cell phones between Feb.12-21. Results which use all respondents have a margin of error margin of error of approximately +/- 3.7% at the 95% confidence level. Subgroups have higher margins of error.  Margins of error are based on weighted sample size.  

CLICK HERE FOR FULL METHODOLOGY STATEMENT.

 

POLL FUNDING AND CONTACT INFORMATION

The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University with additional support from The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University. For additional information, or to set up an interview with Poll Director Scott Huffmon, please contact Judy Longshaw at longshawj@winthrop.edu or 803/323-2404 (office) or 803/984-0586 (cell).


Demographics:

  Census Feb 2017 Winthrop Poll
Male 47.9412 48.9
Female 52.05879 51.1
     
18-19 4.0608 3.9
20-29 17.966 17.6
30-39 16.4846 15.9
40-49 17.9802 18.1
50-59 17.7694 17.8
60-69 13.9953 14.2
70-79 7.5244 7.4
80-89 3.5764 3.5
90-99 0.6247 0.6
over 100 0.0184 0
Refused N/A 0.9
     
White 68.57 66.7
Black 26.5 25.5
Other 4.93 4.9
Refused N/A 2.9

 

T1  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President of the United States?

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Approve

44

77

Disapprove

47

12

Don’t Know

8

9

Refused

2

3

 

T2  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President of the United States?

 

White

Black

Approve

58

7

Disapprove

34

79

Don’t Know

7

9

Refused

1

5

 

 

T3  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President of the United States?

 

Male

Female

Approve

51

37

Disapprove

39

54

Don’t Know

8

7

Refused

2

2


 

T4  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job? 

 

All

Approve

26

Disapprove

64

Don’t Know

9

Refused

1

 

 

T5  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Henry McMaster is handling his job as Governor of South Carolina? 

 

All

Only those who expressed an opinion

Approve

44

73

Disapprove

16

27

Don’t Know

36

--

Refused

4

--

 

 

 

T6  Do you approve or disapprove of the way the South Carolina State Legislature is handling its job? 

 

All

Approve

45

Disapprove

37

Don’t Know

15

Refused

2


 

T7  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lindsey Graham is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina? 

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Approve

44

47

Disapprove

46

49

Don’t Know

8

4

Refused

2

1

 

 

T8  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Scott is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina? 

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Approve

55

77

Disapprove

27

8

Don’t Know

16

13

Refused

3

2

 

 

 

 

 

T9  Thinking about the current path that our nation is taking, do you think our country is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction? 

 

All

Right Track                                                             

37

Wrong Direction                                                      

55

Don't Know/ Refused

8


 

T10  Thinking about the current path that the state of South Carolina is taking, do you think South Carolina is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?      

 

All

Right Track                                                             

55

Wrong Direction                                                      

34

Don't Know/ Refused

11

 

T11  What do you think is the most important problem facing the United States of America today?

All

Immigration (incl “refugees”)

 

9.8

Economy

 

7.7

Racism

 

7.1

Donald Trump

 

7.0

Political Division

 

6.9


 

T12  What do you think is the most important problem facing the state of South Carolina today?

 

All 

Roads/ Bridges/ Infrastructure

 

19.5

Jobs or unemployment

 

11.6

Education

 

11.2

Economy

 

6.2

Racism

 

5.7




People have expressed a lot of different emotions about how President Donald Trump makes them feel. I’m going to read some words or phrases describing how some people say President Donald Trump makes them feel.

For each, I want you to tell me whether that word or phrase describes your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately.
 

Let’s begin …

[NOTE: the order of these terms were randomized for each respondent.]

 

T13  Does the word PROUD describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

26

47

Somewhat Accurately                                          

20

32

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

11

13

Very Inaccurately                                                

41

8

Not sure                                                              

1

0

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

 

T14  Does the word PROUD describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

32

11

Somewhat Accurately                                          

26

8

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

10

15

Very Inaccurately                                                

31

67

Not sure                                                              

1

--

Refused                                                               

0

--

 

T15  Does the word PROUD describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

28

25

Somewhat Accurately                                          

24

17

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

15

8

Very Inaccurately                                                

33

49

Not sure                                                              

0

1

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T16  Does the word SAFE describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                                

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

24

42

Somewhat Accurately                                          

22

35

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

13

11

Very Inaccurately                                                

39

9

Not sure                                                              

1

2

Refused                                                               

1

2

 

T17  Does the word SAFE describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                                

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

32

4

Somewhat Accurately                                          

27

9

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

12

18

Very Inaccurately                                                

28

67

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

1

2

 

T18  Does the word SAFE describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                               

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

25

22

Somewhat Accurately                                          

25

19

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

13

13

Very Inaccurately                                                

33

45

Not sure                                                              

2

1

Refused                                                               

2

1

 

T19  Does the word ASHAMED describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                     

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

27

3

Somewhat Accurately                                          

15

13

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

14

17

Very Inaccurately                                                

43

66

Not sure                                                              

0

0

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T20  Does the word ASHAMED describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                      

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

20

45

Somewhat Accurately                                          

14

20

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

16

9

Very Inaccurately                                                

50

26

Not sure                                                              

0

1

Refused                                                               

0

0

 

T21  Does the word ASHAMED describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                     

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

20

34

Somewhat Accurately                                          

18

13

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

16

12

Very Inaccurately                                                

46

40

Not sure                                                              

--

1

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T22  Does the word AFRAID describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                     

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

24

6

Somewhat Accurately                                          

17

10

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

17

19

Very Inaccurately                                                

41

63

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T23  Does the word AFRAID describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                    

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

20

35

Somewhat Accurately                                          

14

25

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

17

18

Very Inaccurately                                                

48

21

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

0

1

 

T24  Does the word AFRAID describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                     

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

18

30

Somewhat Accurately                                          

18

16

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

19

15

Very Inaccurately                                                

45

37

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

0

1

 

 

 

T25  Does the word CONFIDENT describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                              

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

34

59

Somewhat Accurately                                          

19

28

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

11

7

Very Inaccurately                                                

35

6

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

0

0

 

T26  Does the word CONFIDENT describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                              

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

42

13

Somewhat Accurately                                          

23

11

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

8

20

Very Inaccurately                                                

26

56

Not sure                                                              

1

--

Refused                                                               

--

1

 

T27  Does the word CONFIDENT describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?                                                               

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

36

32

Somewhat Accurately                                          

24

15

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

11

11

Very Inaccurately                                                

28

41

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

1

0

 

 

T28  Does the phrase STANDS UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

29

52

Somewhat Accurately                                          

19

30

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

10

9

Very Inaccurately                                                

39

6

Not sure                                                              

2

2

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T29  Does the phrase STANDS UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

39

4

Somewhat Accurately                                          

22

13

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

11

10

Very Inaccurately                                                

25

70

Not sure                                                              

2

2

Refused                                                               

0

1

 

T30  Does the phrase STANDS UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

32

26

Somewhat Accurately                                          

21

18

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

13

8

Very Inaccurately                                                

31

46

Not sure                                                              

3

1

Refused                                                               

1

1

  

T31  Does the word STRONG describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately?

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

38

65

Somewhat Accurately                                          

17

21

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

14

8

Very Inaccurately                                                

28

4

Not sure                                                              

2

1

Refused                                                               

1

1

 

T32  Does the word STRONG describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

48

12

Somewhat Accurately                                          

19

13

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

10

25

Very Inaccurately                                                

20

49

Not sure                                                              

3

1

Refused                                                               

0

1

 

T33  Does the word STRONG describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

40

37

Somewhat Accurately                                          

21

14

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

15

13

Very Inaccurately                                                

23

33

Not sure                                                              

1

3

Refused                                                               

1

1

 


T34  Does the word THOUGHTFUL describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Very Accurately                                                   

15

24

Somewhat Accurately                                          

24

42

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

17

20

Very Inaccurately                                                

42

11

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

1

2

 

T35  Does the word THOUGHTFUL describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

White

Black

Very Accurately                                                   

18

6

Somewhat Accurately                                          

32

6

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

16

20

Very Inaccurately                                                

32

65

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

0

3

 

T36  Does the word THOUGHTFUL describe your feelings about Donald Trump Very accurately, Somewhat accurately, Somewhat inaccurately, or Very inaccurately? 

 

Male

Female

Very Accurately                                                   

16

14

Somewhat Accurately                                          

27

20

Somewhat Inaccurately                                       

19

16

Very Inaccurately                                                

35

49

Not sure                                                              

1

1

Refused                                                               

2

1

 

T37  Do you ever feel that people make judgements about you because of your race or ethnicity? 

 

All

White

Black

Yes

58

44

89

No

41

54

10

Not Sure [volunteered]

1

2

1

Refused

0

0

1

  

T38  How would you rate the condition of the economy of the country as a whole these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?

 

All

Very good                                                                                      

7

Fairly good                                                                                      

52

Fairly bad                                                                                      

27

Very bad                                                                                      

13

Not sure                                                                                      

1

Refused

--


 

T39  Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse? 

 

All

Getting Better                                                      

56

Getting Worse                                                      

32

Not Sure                                                              

11

Refused                                                               

1

 

T40  How would you rate the condition of the economy of South Carolina these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?                                                                                   

 

All

Very good                                                                                      

9

Fairly good                                                                                      

61

Fairly bad                                                                                      

19

Very bad                                                                                      

7

Not sure                                                                                      

4

Refused

0

 

 

T41  Right now, do you think that economic conditions in South Carolina are getting better or getting worse?                                                                            

 

All

Getting Better                                                      

66

Getting Worse                                                      

23

Not Sure                                                              

10

Refused                                                               

1


 

T42  How would you rate your financial situation today? As excellent, good, only fair, or poor?                                                                                     

 

All

Excellent                                                                         

13

Good                                                                               

45

Only Fair                                                                         

30

Poor                                                                                

12

Not Sure                                                                          

0

Refused

1

 

 

T43  Right now, do you think that your financial situation as a whole is getting better or getting worse?

 

All

Getting Better                                                      

63

Getting Worse                                                      

23

Not Sure [volunteered]                                        

11

Refused                                                               

2

 

 

T44  Would you favor or oppose requiring that employers make reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of the employer? 

 

All

Male

Female

Favor                                                                                   

81

80

83

Oppose                                                                                   

10

11

8

Not sure                                                                                   

6

5

7

Refused                                                                                   

3

4

2

NOTE: Language taken from proposed bill.

 

T45  Would you favor or oppose requiring schools to base their curriculum on reproductive health, commonly called “Sex Ed,” solely on evidence-based research, where “evidence-based” means “programs or interventions supported by credible scientific studies that find associated decreases in risk behaviors or adverse health outcomes.”                                                                                     

 

All

Favor                                                                               

69

Oppose                                                                           

21

Not sure                                                                          

6

Refused                                                                           

4

NOTE: Language taken from proposed bill.


 

 

T46  After each United States Census, voter district lines are redrawn around the country to reflect changes in the population.

Currently, in South Carolina, the state legislature chooses the shape and boundaries of our state house and state senate districts as well as federal congressional districts. 

One proposal is to amend the South Carolina Constitution to create an Independent Reapportionment Commission that would be in charge of redrawing district lines when the population changes. 

Members of this Commission could not have been a political candidate, office holder, political party officer or employee, paid lobbyist for the previous 10 years, or have donated more than $2000 to any single candidate in any year. 

Would you favor or oppose the creation of an Independent Reapportionment Commission that would be in charge of redrawing district lines? 

 

All

Favor                                                                               

63

Oppose                                                                           

30

Not sure                                                                          

5

Refused                                                                           

2

NOTE: Language taken from proposed bill.



T47 
Would you favor or oppose a law making it a crime to post online, or otherwise share, sexually explicit pictures without the expressed consent of the person or persons in those pictures.

 

All

Favor                                                                                    

80

Oppose                                                                                    

18

Not sure                                                                                    

1

Refused                                                                                    

1

NOTE: Language taken from proposed bill.

 

T48  In June of 2015, Dylann Roof entered the historically black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston and shot ten members who were gathered for Bible study. Nine of them died. This past January, Dylann Roof received the death penalty as punishment for this act. 

Do you approve or disapprove of Roof receiving the death penalty? 

 

All

White

Black

Approve                                                                 

81

85

70

Disapprove                                                             

15

12

24

Not sure/ undecided                                                              

3

2

5

Refused                                                                                 

2

1

2

 

T49  When you think about your personal identity, how much do you feel that your race or ethnic identity contributes to who you are? A lot, some, not very much, hardly at all, or none?

 

All

White

Black

A lot                                                                                 

31

23

51

Some                                                                                 

32

33

27

Not very much                                                                                 

14

15

11

Hardly at all                                                                                 

10

11

6

None                                                                                 

12

16

5

Not Sure                                                                                 

1

1

1

Refused                                                                                 

1

1

--


 

 I'd like to get your feelings toward some of our political leaders and other people or groups who are in the news these days. I'll read the name of a person or group and I'd like you to rate that person using something we call the feeling thermometer. 

Ratings between 50 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person or group. Ratings between 0 degrees and 50 degrees mean that you don't feel favorable toward the person or group and that you don't care too much for them. You would rate the person or group at the 50 degree mark if you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the person. 

If we come to a person or group whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate them. Just tell me and we'll move on to the next one. 

[NOTE: The order of these names/ terms were randomized for each respondent. Mean Feeling Thermometer scores are below (rounded)]

 

T50

 

All

GOP (incl leaners)

Democrats (incl leaners)

Donald Trump

48

77

16

Barack Obama

61

39

86

Muslims

59

51

71

Hispanics

71

69

75

Refugees coming to America from other countries

51

38

66

Whites or Caucasians

75

77

74

Blacks or African Americans

78

75

82

the Confederate Flag

41

59

21

the Police

74

86

63

the Black Lives Matter movement

48

28

72

 

T51

 

Men

Women

Donald Trump

52

44

Barack Obama

57

65

Muslims

59

60

Hispanics

72

71

Refugees coming to America from other countries

49

52

Whites or Caucasians

74

76

Blacks or African Americans

77

79

the Confederate Flag

41

40

the Police

72

76

the Black Lives Matter movement

42

54

 

 

T52

 

Whites

Blacks

Donald Trump

59

19

Barack Obama

52

84

Muslims

57

66

Hispanics

71

73

Refugees coming to America from other countries

48

58

Whites or Caucasians

76

74

Blacks or African Americans

76

83

the Confederate Flag

49

19

the Police

81

57

the Black Lives Matter movement

38

73

 

 

T53  Now, we’re going to talk about matters of race and race relations for a bit. 

How would you rate race relations in the UNITED STATES today? Excellent, Good, Only Fair, or Poor? 

 

All

White

Black

Excellent

1

0

4

Good

14

15

12

Only Fair

42

42

42

Poor

42

43

41

Not Sure

1

1

1

Refused

0

0

--

 

 

T54  How would you rate race relations in SOUTH CAROLINA today? Excellent, Good, Only Fair, or Poor? 

 

All

White

Black

Excellent

4

4

4

Good

30

34

19

Only Fair

39

37

41

Poor

27

23

37

Not Sure

1

1

--

Refused

--

--

--

                                                                    

 

T55  In the past year, do you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your race or ethnicity?

 

All

White

Black

Yes

32

24

49

No

67

74

49

Not Sure

1

1

1

Refused

1

0

1

 

 

T56  How often would you say you have been discriminated against in the last year because of your race or ethnicity? Frequently, Occasionally, or Rarely?                   

 

All

White

Black

Frequently                                                                           

17

11

25

Occasionally                                                                           

51

50

52

Rarely                                                                           

32

39

23

Don’t Know / Refused

1

1

--

NOTE: Only asked of those who felt they had been discriminated against in the last year.        

 

T57  Have you ever felt that others have ignored your opinions on certain issues because of your race? 

 

All

White

Black

Yes

40

33

60

No

59

67

37

Not Sure

2

1

3

Refused

0

0

1

  

T58  How important is it that people of your race or ethnicity work together to change laws that are unfair to your race or ethnicity? Extremely important, Very important, Moderately important, Slightly important, or Not at all important?

 

All

White

Black

Extremely important                                                                         

39

27

68

Very important                                                                         

25

25

24

Moderately important                                                                         

15

19

5

Slightly important                                                                         

6

7

2

Not at all important                                                                         

13

18

2

Not Sure                                                                         

2

3

--

Refused                                                                         

1

2

--

 

T59  It was discovered last year that the state pension system, that is, retirement benefits of state and local government workers as well as public school district employees, has been significantly underfunded. Estimates are that the shortfall may be as highas forty billion dollars.


I’m going to read some proposed solutions for getting the additional money needed, please tell me which of the following you would prefer:

[CALLER: rotate first three]

-Require state workers to give more from their paycheck toward retirement benefits

-Institute cuts to some public services that the state government provides

-Pass a tax increase that will cover the shortfall

 

- OR a combination of these solutions

 

All

GOP
(incl leaners)

Democrats (incl leaners)

Workers give more                                                                                              

13

12

9

Cut government services                                                                                              

10

12

6

Tax increase                                                                                              

10

4

17

Combination                                                                                              

56

56

60

Something else                                                                                              

3

5

2

Don't know/Not sure                                                                                              

6

8

4

Refused                                                                                              

3

2

2

T60  Would you favor or oppose permitting a limited number of gambling casinos to operate in South Carolina?

 

All

Favor                                                                               

54

Oppose                                                                           

42

Not sure                                                                          

3

Refused                                                                           

1

 

T61  Would you favor or oppose permitting a limited number of gambling casinos to operate in South Carolina if government revenue was designated for roads and infrastructure needs? 

 

All

Favor                                                                               

68

Oppose                                                                           

30

Not sure                                                                          

1

Refused                                                                           

1

 

T62  If you were to give former South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, a grade for her time as South Carolina governor, would you give her an A, a B, a C, a D, or an F? 

 

All

GOP
(incl leaners)

Democrats (incl leaners)

A

29

44

15

B

32

38

27

C

25

13

38

D

7

1

10

F

6

4

8

Don’t Know

1

0

2

Refused

0

--

1


As a follow-up, we asked, “Would that be a _____ plus, a ____ , or a ____ minus?” For example, if they gave a grade of “C,” we would ask, “Would that be a C plus, a C, or a C minus?”  We did this to allow the calculation of a “Grade Point Average.”

GPA was calculated using the following Scale:

A+ (4.33 quality points)
A (4 quality points)
A- (3.67 quality points)
B+ (3.33 quality points)
B (3 quality points)
B- (2.67 quality points)
C+ (2.33 quality points)
C (2 quality points)
C- (1.67 quality points)
D+ (1.33 quality points)
D (1 quality point)
D- (.67 quality points)
F (no quality points)

 

T62

 

All

GOP
(incl leaners)

Democrats (incl leaners)

Haley GPA

2.76

3.24

2.34

 

 

 

For methodological questions please read the full Methodology Statement

 

See full methodology page for more info.

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