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ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – After a first year in office with mixed results - many West Wing staff changes but an economy that continues to thrive - President Donald Trump’s approval rating has climbed a little in South Carolina to 46%, according to the latest Winthrop Poll. President Trump’s approval rating among adults in South Carolina was 42% in February. Congress struggles with an overwhelming 77% disapproval rating.

The 45th president has a disapproval rating of 47% among Palmetto State citizens. Among respondents who self-identify as Republican, Trump has retained strong support in this red state and has an 80% approval rate.

Here’s how South Carolinians describe Trump using these adjectives:

·         Honest: Of all respondents, 45% said that very or somewhat accurately describes Trump, 38% said the term was a very inaccurate description of Trump and 79% of Democratic identifiers said very inaccurate.

·         Capable: 58% of all respondents said that is very or somewhat accurate, 42% of Evangelicals (of all races) said that is very accurate, while 29% of all respondents said it was very inaccurate.

·         Christian: 48% of GOP identifiers said that was somewhat accurate, while 39% of all respondents said it was inaccurate and 77% of Democratic identifiers said it was very inaccurate.

·         Godly: 47% of all respondents said that is very inaccurate and 36% of Evangelicals said it was very inaccurate. Of the GOP identifiers, 39% said it was somewhat accurate.

·         Moral: 59% of all respondents said it was somewhat or very inaccurate, while 61% of GOP identifiers said it was either somewhat or very accurate.

·         Strong: 89% of GOP identifiers said that is somewhat or very accurate, while a fourth of all respondents said it was very inaccurate.

·         Stands up for people like me: 43% of GOP identifiers and 42% of White Evangelicals said this statement is very accurate. Half of all respondents said it was somewhat or very inaccurate.

According to Winthrop Poll director and political scientist, Dr. Scott Huffmon, “Seventy-five percent of White Evangelicals feel that describing Trump as someone who stands up for them is very or somewhat accurate. Nationally, we have seen White Evangelical support for Trump remain at levels usually only seen among strong partisans. The fact that fewer than half of Evangelicals overall would describe Trump as ‘Godly’ or ‘Moral’ suggests that his strength with these groups comes not from modeling pious behavior, but from them viewing him as a bulwark against a culture that they feel is increasingly hostile to them.”


PROBLEM ISSUES, THE ECONOMY AND STATE GOVERNMENT
S.C. residents said the most important problem facing our country is immigration, followed by racism, and politicians/government. Those surveyed said the most important issues facing the Palmetto State are, and these same issues keep cropping up: education, roads/bridges/infrastructure, and jobs or unemployment.

Nearly three fourths of South Carolina residents said our country’s economy is very good or fairly good, while 67% think the condition of the state’s economy is either very or fairly good. Nearly 59% described their own financial situation as good or excellent. 

So, who is responsible for helping those in poverty? A majority of Winthrop Poll respondents – whether they identify as Democrat or toward the GOP - said it should be equally government and religious charities. Only 19% said it should be primarily government. 

According to Dr. Huffmon, “While partisanship is a key explanatory factor among those who believe alleviating poverty should be primarily the responsibility of either government or charity, the real story is that majorities across the board see active roles for government and charities, with both expected to lend a hand.”

CONGRESS, SC GOVERNOR HENRY MCMASTER AND OTHER POLITICIAN 
South Carolina residents consistently do not approve of the way Congress is handling its job, with only 14% approving.

The approval rating for S.C. Governor Henry McMaster, who is running for election this year, has remained steady around 46%. His disapproval ratings are at 29%, with 19% not sure. Elected as the lieutenant governor in 2014, McMaster took over as governor on Jan. 24 after Trump tapped S.C. Governor Nikki Haley to be the United Nations ambassador. Huffmon notes, “McMaster remains ‘above water’ with regard to approval. Notably more South Carolina residents approve than disapprove. The interesting number remains the one-fifth of residents who are still in the process of making up their mind about the governor. However, this is a general population poll and not an election poll, so we expect to have more people who are disengaged from politics compare to a poll of Likely Voters or even Registered Voters.”

The S.C. General Assembly got an approval nod from 44% of those polled, while 38% disapprove of the job they’re doing.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s approval is nearly evenly split among all South Carolinians. He has a 45% approval rating and a 46% disapproval rating. His approval among Republicans, and those who lean Republican, is around 50%.

Approval ratings for the state’s junior senator, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, have dropped but remain high with the Republican base. He has a 77% approval rating among those who identify as Republicans. Scott’s popularity among the general public remains high as well, with 57% reporting approval of the job he is doing.

RELIGIOUS VIEWS

Three-fourths of Winthrop Poll respondents said they donated money last year to a church or organized religious organization and that religion is either very or fairly important to their life. Half said they pray several times a day and that they read scripture at least once a week outside of church.

Ninety percent believe in God or a universal spirit, with 83% saying they are absolutely certain of this belief.

Almost three-fourths believe in Heaven, but only 65% believe in hell. Two thirds think that the Bible is the word of God, while 27% said it is written by men and is not the word of God. Fifty-five percent of those who think it is the word of God said the Bible is to be taken literally, word for word, while 40% said not everything is literal in the Bible.

Fifty-five percent said many religions lead to eternal life, while 35% said their religion is the one, true faith. Fifty-seven percent said their religion preserves traditional beliefs, while 29% said their religion adjusts traditional beliefs.

According to Huffmon, “We tried to mirror the questions used in the national Pew Religious Landscape Survey to see how South Carolinians might compare. As one might expect in a state in the heart of the Bible Belt, South Carolinians hold fast to religious faith and practices.”

Concerning church and religious organization, almost half said they focus too much on rules. In another question, half said the groups are too concerned with money and power. Almost half said churches are not too involved with politics, while 44% said they are.

“Many South Carolinians appear to worry that churches are becoming too involved in worldly affairs,” Huffmon said, “John 15:19 says that Christians are not of this world and Romans 12:2 says that Christians are not to be conformed to this world. More than half of respondents seem to feel that churches are forgetting that message.”

More than three-fourths agree that churches and religious organizations protect and strengthen morality in society, while 91% said they bring people and communities together.

Other interesting, miscellaneous takes from the Winthrop Poll:

·         Half believe all people in the United States have an equal chance to succeed if they work equally, while 44% said they do not.

·         Sixty percent said homosexuality should be accepted by our society.

·         Respondents were split 46% each on whether government aid does more harm than good in offering assistance.

·         Almost 60% said stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost.

·         Sixty percent said humans have evolved over time, while 33% said they existed in their present form since the beginning of time.

·         Forty-seven percent of respondents said they own a gun or firearm; 59% of respondents reported that they lived in a household with a gun (owned either by themselves or someone else in the household).

 

METHODOLOGY

For this latest Winthrop Poll, callers surveyed 789 residents in South Carolina by landline and cell phones between April 7-16. Results which use all respondents have a margin of error of approximately +/- 3.5% at the 95% confidence level. Subgroups have higher margins of error. Margins of error are based on weighted sample size and account for design effects. 

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POLL FUNDING AND CONTACT INFORMATION


The Winthrop Poll is funded by Winthrop University with additional support from 
The West Forum on Politics and Policy. 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:

Demographics of SC

Census

April 2018 Winthrop Poll

Male

47.9412

49.3

Female

52.05879

50.6

Not Sure

--

0.2

 

 

 

18-19

4.0608

3.9

20-29

17.966

16.9

30-39

16.4846

16.2

40-49

17.9802

17.6

50-59

17.7694

17.2

60-69

13.9953

13.6

70-79

7.5244

7.7

80-89

3.5764

3.5

90-99

0.6247

0.9

over 100

0.0184

--

Refused

--

2.5

 

 

 

White

68.57

66.9

Black

26.5

23.4

Other

4.93

2.8

Refused

--

6.8

 

 

Note: Wording for religion related questions was taken from the Pew Survey of Religious Landscape Survey or other Pew Religion & Public Life research. Since these represent a common set of questions to be asked of people from multiple (or no) faith traditions, they are necessarily broad.

 

Any column noting the responses of “Evangelicals” contain the answers of respondents who are Protestant and described themselves as an Evangelical, or Born Again, Christian. Unless otherwise noted, Evangelicals from all races are included.

 

Columns may not sum to 100 due to rounding.

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Table 1:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President of the United States?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Evangelicals
(all races)
(margin of error 
+/-5.6%)
White 
Evangelicals
(margin of error
+/-7%)

Approve

 

46

80

57 75

Disapprove

 

47

15

37 16

Not Sure

 

5

4

5 7

Refused

 

3

2

2 2

*NOTE: These responses represent a sample of ALL South Carolina adults, not just “Likely Voters.” Not even just “Registered Voters,” but ALL adult residents. As such, these approval ratings may not be used make generalizations about elections. Similarly, the “GOP Identifiers” includes ALL respondents who self-identify as Republican … not just those who are likely to vote in a primary, but GOP identifiers who may have no intention of voting in a primary … or even be registered to vote. In other words, no generalizations from these data to potential electoral outcomes will be accurate.

 

 

Table 2:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

 

Total

Approve

 

14

Disapprove

 

77

Not Sure

 

6

Refused

 

3

 

 

Table 3:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Henry McMaster is handling his job as Governor of South Carolina?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Approve

 

46

64

Disapprove

 

29

14

Not Sure

 

19

19

Refused

 

5

4

*NOTE: These responses represent a sample of ALL South Carolina adults, not just “Likely Voters.” Not even just “Registered Voters,” but ALL adult residents. As such, these approval ratings may not be used make generalizations about elections. Similarly, the “GOP Identifiers” includes ALL respondents who self-identify as Republican … not just those who are likely to vote in a primary, but GOP identifiers who may have no intention of voting in a primary … or even be registered to vote. In other words, no generalizations from these data to potential electoral outcomes will be accurate.

Further, Governor McMaster is “above water,” with his Approval 17 points higher than his Disapproval among all respondents and 50 points higher among GOP identifiers. As with our previous General Population poll, perhaps the most significant number for the Governor are the nearly 1 in 5 who have yet to form an opinion on how he’s doing his job.

 

 

Table 4:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way the South Carolina State Legislature is handling its job?

 

Total

Approve

 

44

Disapprove

 

38

Not Sure

 

14

Refused

 

4

 

 

Table 5:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lindsey Graham is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Approve

 

45

51

Disapprove

 

46

44

Not Sure

 

6

3

Refused

 

3

2

*NOTE: These responses represent a sample of ALL South Carolina adults, not just “Likely Voters.” Not even just “Registered Voters,” but ALL adult residents. As such, these approval ratings may not be used make generalizations about elections. Similarly, the “GOP Identifiers” includes ALL respondents who self-identify as Republican … not just those who are likely to vote in a primary, but GOP identifiers who may have no intention of voting in a primary … or even be registered to vote. In other words, no generalizations from these data to potential electoral outcomes will be accurate.

 


Table 6:  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Scott is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Approve

 

57

77

Disapprove

 

23

9

Not Sure

 

16

12

Refused

 

4

2

*NOTE: These responses represent a sample of ALL South Carolina adults, not just “Likely Voters.” Not even just “Registered Voters,” but ALL adult residents. As such, these approval ratings may not be used make generalizations about elections. Similarly, the “GOP Identifiers” includes ALL respondents who self-identify as Republican … not just those who are likely to vote in a primary, but GOP identifiers who may have no intention of voting in a primary … or even be registered to vote. In other words, no generalizations from these data to potential electoral outcomes will be accurate.



Table 7:  What do you think is the most important problem facing the United States of America today?

All Respondents

 

Immigration

8.4%

 

 

Racism

8.0%

 

 

Politicians/Government

7.9%

 

 

 

 

Table 8:  What do you think is the most important problem facing the state of South Carolina today?

All Respondents

 

Education

14.7%

 

 

Roads/Bridges/Infrastructure

11.6%

 

 

Jobs/Unemployment

8.0%

 

 

 


 

 

                                                                                        

Table 9:  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?

 

Total

Very good

 

12

Fairly good

 

62

Fairly bad

 

18

Very bad

 

7

Not Sure

 

1

Refused

 

1

 

 

Table 10:  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?

 

Total

Very good

 

12

Fairly good

 

55

Fairly bad

 

23

Very bad

 

8

Not sure

 

2

Refused

 

0

 


Table 11:  How would you rate your financial situation today? As excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

 

Total

Excellent

 

11

Good

 

48

Only fair

 

29

Poor

 

10

Not sure

 

0

Refused

 

1

 


Table 12:  Which of the following best reflects your opinion about helping those in poverty, even if none are exactly perfect?

[Answers Rotated]

It is primarily the job of the government to help people living in poverty.

or

It is primarily the job of religious charities to help people living in poverty.

or

It is equally the job of government and religious charities to help people living in poverty.

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Primarily Government

 

 

19

8

35

15

Primarily Religious Charities

 

 

9

14

2

14

Equally Both

 

 

 

61

64

59

60

Not Sure/ Don't know [volunteered]

 

8

10

3

9

 

Refused

4

4

3

4

 


Table 13:  I’m going to read some terms, then I want you to tell me whether you think each term accurately describes DONALD TRUMP.                                                                            

  HONEST. Do you think the term HONEST describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

14

24

5

19

Somewhat accurately

 

31

51

7

36

Somewhat inaccurately

 

15

17

9

16

Very inaccurately

 

38

7

79

27

Not Sure/Refused

 

3

2

--

2

 

         

Table 14:  CAPABLE. Do you think the term CAPABLE describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

 

34

59

5

42

Somewhat accurately

 

24

32

12

25

Somewhat inaccurately

 

11

4

14

8

Very inaccurately

 

 

29

3

68

23

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

2

2

1

2

 

                                                                                        

 

Table 15:  CHRISTIAN. Do you think the term CHRISTIAN describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

 

10

17

1

11

Somewhat accurately

 

25

48

5

34

Somewhat inaccurately

 

16

18

15

16

Very inaccurately

 

 

39

12

77

32

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

9

5

3

7

 

 

Table 16:  GODLY. Do you think the term GODLY describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

 

7

13

3

9

Somewhat accurately

 

21

39

3

31

Somewhat inaccurately

 

17

23

10

17

Very inaccurately

 

 

47

17

83

36

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

8

9

2

9

 


Table 17:  MORAL. Do you think the term MORAL describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

 

9

14

4

11

Somewhat accurately

 

29

47

6

34

Somewhat inaccurately

 

19

27

9

20

Very inaccurately

 

 

40

8

80

31

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

4

4

1

4

 

 

 

Table 18:  STRONG. Do you think the term STRONG describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

Very accurately

 

 

36

58

7

46

Somewhat accurately

 

23

31

14

22

Somewhat inaccurately

 

13

6

18

10

Very inaccurately

 

 

26

3

60

20

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

3

2

1

2

 

                                                                                        

 

Table 19:  STANDS UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME. Do you think the term STANDS UP FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME describes Donald Trump very accurately, somewhat accurately, somewhat inaccurately, or very inaccurately?

 

Total

GOP Identifiers

(margin of error +/-6.3%)

Dem Identifiers

(margin of error +/-7%)

Evangelicals

(all races)

(margin of error +/-5.6%)

White Evangelicals (margin of error +/-7%)

Very accurately

 

 

24

43

5

33

42

Somewhat accurately

 

23

37

5

24

33

Somewhat inaccurately

 

11

11

9

9

9

Very inaccurately

 

 

39

6

81

32

13

Not Sure/Refused

 

 

3

3

1

2

3

 

 

Table 20:  Last year, did you or your household donate any money directly to a church or organized religion?

 

Total

Yes

 

74

No

 

25

Not sure/ Refused

 

2

 

 

Table 21:  Do you believe all people in the United States do or do not have an equal chance to succeed if they work equally hard?

 

 

Total

Do

 

50

Do NOT

 

44

Not Sure [volunteered]

 

6

Refused

 

1

           

                                                           

Table 22:  Homosexuality should be accepted by society

OR

Homosexuality should be discouraged by society

 

 

Total

Accepted

 

60

Discouraged

 

28

Not sure

 

6

Refused

 

6

 

 

Table 23:  Government aid to the poor does more harm than good, by making people too dependent on government assistance

OR

Government aid to the poor does more good than harm, because people can’t get out of poverty until their basic needs are met

 

 

Total

More harm than good

 

46

More good than harm

 

46

Not sure

 

4

Refused

 

4

 


 

 

                                                                                        

Table 24:  Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy

 OR

Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost

 

 

Total

Laws cost too much

 

33

Laws worth the cost

 

59

Not sure

 

4

Refused

 

4

 

 

Table 25:  There are clear and absolute standards for what is right and wrong

OR 

Whether something is right or wrong often depends on the situation

 

 

Total

Absolute standards

 

40

Depend on situation

 

57

Not sure

 

1

Refused

 

2

NOTE: Caution is urged before anyone tries to use these results (or the results of the Pew question this mirrors) to argue that people favor “moral relativism.” For example, many people may advocate strict adherence to the moral strictures against lying, but be willing to make an exception for the family hiding Anne Frank when the Nazis knocked on their door.


 

Table 26:  Which comes closer to your view?

 

Humans and other living things have evolved over time

 

[OR]

 

Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time

 

 

Total

Evolved over time

 

60

Existed in their present form since beginning of time

 

33

Don't know/ Refused

 

8

 

 

Table 27:  Now we have some questions about people’s religious beliefs. First…

 

Do you believe in God or a universal spirit?

 

 

Total

Yes

 

90

No

 

7

Other (volunteered)

 

1

Don't know/refused

 

2

 

 

Table 28:  How certain are you about this belief? Are you absolutely certain, fairly certain, not too certain, or not at all certain?

 

                    [Only asked of those who said they believe in God or a “universal spirit.”]

 

 

Total

Absolutely certain

 

83

Fairly certain

 

14

Not too certain

 

1

Not at all certain

 

0

Don't know/Refused

 

1

 


Table 26:  Do you think there is a heaven, where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded?

 

 

Total

Yes

 

73

No

 

17

Other (volunteered)

 

4

Don't know/Refused

 

7

 


Table 30:  Do you think there is a hell, where people who have led bad lives and die without being sorry are eternally punished?

 

 

Total

Yes

 

65

No

 

24

Other (volunteered)

 

3

Don't know/refused

 

8

 

 

Table 31:  Which comes closest to your view?

 

The Bible is the word of God

OR

The Bible is a book written by men and is not the word of God.

 

 

Total

Word of God

 

65

Written by men, not the word of God

 

27

Other (volunteered)

 

4

Don't know/Refused

 

5

 

 

Table 32:  And would you say that ?

 

The Bible is to be taken literally, word for word

OR

Not everything in The Bible should be taken literally, word for word.

 

[NOTE: Only asked of those who said The Bible is the word of God]

 

 

Total

The Bible is to be taken literally, word for word

 

55

Not everything in The Bible should be taken literally, word for word.

 

40

Other (volunteered)

 

1

Don’t Know/ Refused

 

4

 

 

 

Table 33:  Which of these two statements comes closer to your own views even if neither is exactly right?

 

[Answer options randomized]

 

My religion is the one, true faith leading to eternal life,

 

 [OR]

 

Many religions can lead to eternal life

 

 

Total

My religion true faith

 

 

35

Many religions lead to eternal life

 

 

55

Neither/Both equally (volunteered)

 

3

No eternal life/ all religions fake (volunteered)

 

1

Don't know/refused

 

7

                                                                               

 

Table 34:  Next, I am going to read some statements that people sometimes talk about when discussing churches and religious organizations and I’d like your opinion on each one. First,

 

  Do you think churches and religious organizations do, or do NOT, focus too much on rules?

 

 

Total

Do

 

47

Do NOT

 

38

Not Sure

 

9

Refused

 

6

 

                                                                                        

 

Table 35:  Do you think churches and religious organizations are, or are NOT, too concerned with money and power?

 

 

Total

are

 

52

are NOT

 

38

Not sure

 

5

Refused

 

6

 

                                                                                        

 

Table 36:  Do you think churches and religious organizations are, or are Not, too involved with politics?

 

 

Total

are

 

44

are NOT

 

49

Not sure

 

3

Refused

 

3

 

                                                                                        

 

Table 37:  Do you think churches and religious organizations do, or do NOT, protect and strengthen morality in society?

 

 

Total

Do

 

77

Do NOT

 

14

Not sure

 

5

Refused

 

5

 

 

Table 38:  Do you think churches and religious organizations do, or do NOT, bring people together and strengthen community bonds?

 

 

Total

Do

 

91

Do NOT

 

6

Not sure

 

2

Refused

 

1

 


Table 39:  Do you think churches and religious organizations do, or do NOT, play an important role in helping the poor and needy?

 

 

Total

Do

 

84

Do NOT

 

12

Not sure

 

2

Refused

 

2

 

 

Table 40:  Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never?

 

 

Total

More than once a week

 

21

Once a week

 

27

Once or twice a month

 

17

Few times a year

 

16

Seldom

 

11

Never

 

7

Don't know/ Refused

 

2

 


Table 41:  How important would you say religion is in your own life: Very important, Fairly important, or Not very important?

 

 

Total

Very Important

 

65

Fairly Important

 

21

Not Very Important

 

12

Don't know/ Refused

 

2

 

    

Table 42:  Outside of attending religious services how often do you pray, if at all? Is it several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, or never?

 

 

Total

Several times a day

 

49

Once a day

 

22

A few times a week

 

11

Once a week

 

2

A few times a month

 

2

Seldom

 

4

Never

 

7

Refused

 

3

 

 

Table 43:  Would you describe yourself as a "born again" or evangelical Christian, or not?

 

[Only asked of Protestants]

 

 

Total

Yes

 

62

No

 

31

Not Sure

 

4

Refused

 

3

 

                                                                                

Table 44:  Thinking about your religion, which of the following statements comes CLOSEST to your view?

                    [Only asked of those who identified with some type of formal religion]


My church or denomination should preserve its traditional beliefs and practices

OR

adjust traditional beliefs and practices in light of new circumstances

OR

adopt modern beliefs and practices.

 

 

Total

Preserve traditional beliefs

 

57

Adjust traditional beliefs

 

29

Adopt modern beliefs

 

9

Other

 

1

Don't know/ Refused

 

5

 

 

Table 45:  Please tell me how often you do each of the following. First, how often do you do the following...

                                                                                        

                    participate in prayer groups, Scripture study groups or religious education programs

would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never?

[Only asked of those who identified with some type of formal religion]

 

 

Total

At least once a week

 

37

Once or twice a month

 

15

Several times a year

 

8

Seldom

 

24

Never

 

16

Refused

 

1

 

 

Table 46:  read scripture outside of religious services

at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never?

[Only asked of those who identified with some type of formal religion]

 

 

Total

At least once a week

 

51

Once or twice a month

 

14

Several times a year

 

11

Seldom

 

16

Never

 

6

Refused

 

2

 

 

Table 47:  share your faith with non-believers or people from other religious backgrounds

at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never?

[Only asked of those who identified with some type of formal religion]

 

 

Total

At least once a week

 

28

Once or twice a month

 

17

Several times a year

 

18

Seldom

 

25

Never

 

10

Don't Know/ Refused

 

2

 

 

Table 48:  Do you, or someone else in your household own a gun or firearm? 

[if yes, ask if self, someone else, or self and someone else]

 

Total

Self

 

25

Someone else in household

 

13

Both self and someone else

 

22

No one in household owns a firearm

 

35

Don't know/ Refused

 

6

 


Table 49:  Do you think the state of South Carolina should, or should not, allocate state money each year to pay the salary and other related expenses to put a full-time armed, trained law enforcement officer -- known as a school resource officer -- in every public school in the state?

 

Total

Gun Owners (margin of error +/-5.2%)

Should

 

 

80

84

Should NOT

 

 

17

14

Not sure (volunteered)

 

2

2

Refused

 

 

1

1

 

 

 

Table 50:  Would you support an increase in taxes to pay for the cost of putting a school resource officer in every South Carolina public school?

 

ONLY those who said SC SHOULD allocate money for resource officers or that they were unsure

All – including those who said NO to resource officers or refused to answer that question

Gun Owners (margin of error +/-5.2%)

ONLY those who said SC SHOULD allocate money for resource officers or that they were unsure

All Gun Owners (margin of error +/-5.2%)

 including those who said NO to resource officers or refused to answer that question

Yes

 

85

69

87

74

No

 

13

11

11

10

Not Sure

 

2

1

1

1

Refused

 

0

0

1

0

Not asked question

 

--

19

--

15

 

 

Table 51:  Do you think South Carolina should, or should not, pass a law raising the minimum age for purchasing a semi-automatic rifle, such as the AR – 15, from 18 to 21 years old?

 

Total

Gun Owners (margin of error +/-5.2%)

 

Should

 

68

57

Should NOT

 

31

41

Not sure (volunteered)

 

1

1

Refused

 

1

1

NOTE: Some strong gun advocates occasionally try to discount survey results because they claim the term “assault weapon” is a fictitious term and the AR-15 (ArmaLite Rifle, named after the original developer of the rifle) does not meet the definition of “assault rifle” because it is semi-automatic and not fully automatic. For this reason, we used the description, “semi-automatic rifle,” and the commonly used term “AR-15,” so that respondents would have an accurate description of the firearm and the name that they may have heard. Nowhere in the survey did the term “assault” or “weapon” appear.

 

Table 52:  Currently, when a person purchases a firearm, if the background check takes longer than three days to come back, the buyer may receive the firearm without a completed background check if the seller agrees.

Would you support or oppose legislation that would require a completed background check before a buyer can take possession of a firearm, even if the background check takes longer than three days to come back?

 

Total

Gun Owners (margin of error +/-5.2%)

 

Support

 

86

85

Oppose

 

12

12

Not Sure/ Don't Know

 

1

1

Refused

 

1

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

For Comparison – the data below show that South Carolina has a stronger “pro-gun” streak than the rest of the country.


National Poll: Quinnipiac Poll, Released Feb 20, 2018

 

 

Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?

Do you support or oppose imposing a federal mandatory waiting period on all gun purchases, so that everyone who purchases a gun must wait a certain number of days before taking the gun home?

Support

97

83

Oppose

2

14

DK/NA

1

3

 

National Poll: Gallup, Mar 5-11, 2018

 

Requiring background checks for all gun sales

Favor

92

Oppose

7

No Opinion

1

 

 

National Poll: Pew, March 13-27, 2017

 

Making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks

Favor

85

Oppose

15

NA

1

 

 

National Poll: Ipsos/NPR, Feb. 27-28, 2018

 

Requiring background checks for all gun buyers

Raising the legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21

Favor

94

82

Oppose

6

18

 



For methodological questions please read the full Methodology Statement

 

See full methodology page for more info.

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Contact Information:
Judy Longshaw
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803/984-0586 (cell)

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 Dr. Scott Huffmon, please contact Judy Longshaw at longshawj@winthrop.edu or 803/323-2404.

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