Winthrop Poll: Voters evenly divided on Gov. Haley’s performance

In this file photo, Gov. Nikki Haley, right, speaks, as Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looks on during a town hall meeting at Memminger Auditorium, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will find more good news than bad in a Winthrop Poll released today that finds her with almost a 60 percent approval rating among Republican and independent voters.

Asked how they thought Haley is performing as governor, about 37.3 percent of the South Carolina adults polled said they approved, while 36.5 percent said they did not. Among Republican and independents, her approval rating was 60 percent, while 20.2 percent of that sample said they disapproved.

Also, the poll found that South Carolinians are feeling more optimistic about the job situation than they were two months ago. Compared to Winthrop’s February poll, one-third fewer respondents cited jobs or unemployment as the state’s most pressing issue, and 25.8 percent more said the state’s economic condition was at least fairly good.

About half of those polled felt the national media has given too much attention to George Zimmerman’s fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., while a third felt the media had gotten it just right.

The poll sampled 981 South Carolina adults during the past week and has about a 3 percent margin of error.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.

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