A telephone survey of 500 likely South Carolina voters shows Alvin Greene trailing incumbent Senator Jim DeMint by 40 points.
The new Rasmussen Report poll shows DeMint with 62 percent support and Greene with 20 percent. Seven percent favor another candidate. Ten percent are undecided. Fifty-one percent of voters have a very unfavorable opinion of Greene. Four percent view him very favorably. DeMint is viewed very favorably by 35% and very unfavorably by 16 percent. The poll did not include Green Party candidate Tom Clements, who says he expects to receive a lot of Democratic vote.
The survey indicates that only 46 percent of South Carolina Democrats support Greene, but 96 percent of Republicans support DeMint, and voters not affiliated with either party favor DeMint by 70 percent. Only 51 percent of black voters support Greene, and 78 percent of whites support DeMint.
South Carolina is rated as a solidly Republican state by Rasmussen.