Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen is seeing fresh interest from voters in a new survey out from national polling firm Rasumussen. But GOP pick Nikki Haley still has a healthy lead in the race with four months to go.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in South Carolina shows Haley, the winner of a GOP Primary runoff last Tuesday, with 52% support. Sheheen, a state senator, earns 40% of the vote. Three percent (3%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are still undecided.
Earlier this month and prior to the runoff, Haley posted a 55% to 34% lead over Sheheen, running much stronger against the Democrat than her primary runoff opponent, Congressman Gresham Barrett.
Haily has a lead on public opinion, with 34 percent viewing her "very favorably," compared to Sheheen's 22 percent. That said, it looks like Sheheen still has to introduce himself to some voters — 15 percent of voters said they didn't know enough about the Camden state senator to form an opinion. That's compared to 5 percent unfamiliar with Haley.
There's opportunity for each candidate to try to tie the other to party leaders. Gov. Mark Sanford's job approval rating was at 44 percent, while President Barack Obama's job approval was at 42 percent.