The results of the latest Winthrop Poll shed light on a frustrating political climate in South Carolina, with most of that frustration aiming towards members of Congress and Republicans.
The poll, conducted earlier this month shows nearly half South Carolina residents blame the Republicans in Congress for the 17-day government shutdown that started October 1. Nearly a third blame President Obama, while one in five blame both political parties equally.
“My fun with this starts after the media attention dies down and I start digging [into the results],” Huffmon said. In the October poll, Huffmon conducted a survey-based experiment where half of the respondents heard one version of a question and the other half heard another version of the question. ”
“I’m going to be able to dig in and see the difference a slight word change made,” Huffmon said.
President Obama’s approval rating among S.C. residents dropped to their lowest numbers yet: 40.7% for the president while Congress’ approval remains in the single digits. Nearly half of S.C. residents have a negative view of the second-term president, while 36% have a negative or very negative view of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a republican. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a democrat, fared better in the polls, “but only because 34.7% did not know his name,” poll director Scott Huffmon said.
S.C. Governor Nikki Haley’s approval ratings ticked up slightly from the last poll conducted in February. Haley’s approval rating came in at 44.1% among S.C. residents and 44.5% among registered voters.
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who is facing at least two primary challengers next spring, appears to be faring the worst in the October poll, his approval rating dropped 26.4% to 45.2%, down from a high of 71.6% in February.
Among the other poll findings:
For more on the poll, listen to Scott Huffmon’s interview, click here.