Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New S.C. poll: Likely GOP voters like Lindsey, really don't like Muslims, are OK with Jews

Pity the pollster

Posted by Corey Hutchins on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 2:11 PM

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Pity the pollster whose job is to make sense of the complicated mind of South Carolina's Republican electorate. But that's what political scientist Scott Huffmon and his team at the Winthrop Poll have done in their latest survey, picking the brains of 901 likely GOP primary voters across the state.

Here are some big hits:

Lindsey Graham is riding high with the support of 45 percent of voters likely to cast a ballot in the upcoming GOP primary, where none of his four challengers registered in the double digits. That said, 35 percent of Republicans remain undecided in the race.

Only 22 percent of Republicans here think adults smoking marijuana is acceptable.

More than half of the likely GOP voters polled have good feelings toward the Tea Party. And at 86 percent, Republicans have overwhelmingly positive feelings regarding Christians. But Republicans here are less favorable to Jews (62 percent) and far less favorable to Muslims — 12 percent.

About 25 percent of South Carolina Republicans think interracial marriage is unacceptable.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, up for re-election in November, has a 78 percent approval rating among Republicans here.

Nearly every respondent (95 percent) said the country is headed in the wrong direction, but 67 percent think South Carolina is on the right track.

Sixty-two percent of respondents said they felt that generations of slavery and discrimination do not make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class.

You can dig through more of the results yourself here.

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