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Winthrop Poll Shows Growing Support for Gov. Haley

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Haley's approval rating rose from 66.8% to 69%. Haley's approval rating rose from 66.8% to 69%.
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The April 2013 Winthrop Poll is out, showing more voter support for Governor Nikki Haley but dwindling approval of Congress and President Obama.

Haley's approval rating rose from 66.8% to 69%, with growing support from Republicans. The state's General Assembly is also getting more support than not. 37.9% of people in the Palmetto State approve of the work lawmakers are doing, compared to 35.7% who don't approve.

Those numbers may have something to do with people's more positive outlook on the economy. Nearly half of those surveyed believe South Carolina's economy is fairly good and consider their own financial situation either excellent or good. More than half said things were improving in both cases.

Nationally, the outlook isn't so good. Major budget cuts to federal spending took place in March, a month after the last Winthrop Poll was released. As a result, approval ratings for the President, Congress, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham have dropped.

  • President Obama: 43.4 percent of all South Carolinians polled approve of the job he is doing, compared to 46.5 percent who disapprove
  • Congress: 14.9 percent of all respondents and only 11.1 percent of registered S.C. voters approve of the way Congress is doing its job
  • U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham: Approval among Republicans dropped from 71.6% to 57.5%

Only 29% of people think the country is on the right track, compared with 60.3% who say it is headed in the wrong direction. 34.8% also believe the economic conditions for the country are fairly bad..

Those surveyed also weighed in on the most important problems facing the U.S. Today. They are, in order:

  • the economy
  • jobs or employment
  • budget deficit or debt
  • politicians/government

The most important problems facing the Palmetto State are:

  • jobs or unemployment
  • education
  • economy/economic-financial crisis
  • politicians/government

The survey included 1,069 South Carolina adults, who were interviewed between April 6th and April 14th. See the complete poll results by clicking here.

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