October was not a good month to be a politician in South Carolina, as a new poll of state residents has a dim view of just about everyone.
And for Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, the numbers show he is dropping in favorability.
The latest survey from Winthrop University out this morning gave a thumbs down to most politicians across the board.
Almost 48 percent of South Carolina residents blame Republicans in Congress for the recent 16-day federal government partial shutdown.
President Obama fared even worse, with his approval rating dropping from 48 percent in February, to 40 percent now. A strong 51 percent of respondents give him what pollsters called a “thumbs down.”
In South Carolina, Gov. Nikki Haley was viewed positively By 44.5 percent of registered voters, while Graham’s approval ratings were slipping. He remains under attack by many of the more conservative members of his own party.
Graham, who is up for re-election in 2014 and has Republican opposition, saw his approval rating drop from the February Winthrop Poll from 71.6 percent among Republicans and those independents who lean toward the GOP to 45.2 percent. Among registered voters, the approval rating is 37.4 percent.
Along social lines, nearly half of S.C. residents said having a child out of wedlock is acceptable, the poll found, while an overwhelming number said interracial marriages are okay.
The results of the latest Winthrop Poll come from interviews with 887 respondents. The survey was in the field from Oct. 19-27.
The margin of error was approximately +/- 3.3 percent meaning pollsters believe the picture is at the 95 percent confidence level.
More on the results:
• S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley has ticked up in approval ratings since the February Winthrop Poll to 44.1 percent among all residents and 44.5 percent among registered voters.
Last December, her approval and disapproval rating numbers were nearly even. Gov. Haley garners a higher approval rating—65.5 percent versus 20 percent who disapprove of her job performance—among those who say they are Republicans.
• U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who was appointed by Gov. Haley to fill in for Jim DeMint after he resigned, remains a mystery to many residents. Nearly a third of residents are unsure of him. Scott has a 53.7 percent approval rating in his own Republican party, while 29 percent of them are not sure about him.
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