In the latest Winthrop Poll of South Carolina registered voters the low approval ratings for President Obama closely mirrors that of the recent national Gallup Poll.
Both polls hover around the 40 percent range of the respondents that approve of the job the president is doing. The Gallup Poll shows that congressional approval is slightly up nationally at 15 percent, two percentage points above the record all time low of 13 percent recorded in August. Winthrop Poll director Dr. Scott Huffmon says it is interesting to point out that the Winthrop Poll shows that South Carolina voters’ approval of Congress has plummeted to the single digits.
Noting the record low disapproval ratings for Congress, President Obama is currently traveling to targeted Republican districts pushing his jobs bill, citing areas that are in dire need of jobs and infrastructure work. Political observers say Obama is tearing a page out of President Truman’s campaign book of running against what he called “the do-nothing Congress” during his 1948 re-election campaign. As a political science professor at Winthrop, Huffmon says what the president is doing is a calculated risk because Congress is the most hated institution that is full of the most beloved people.
The number of so-called “birthers” is still relatively high in South Carolina. The Winthrop Poll shows that 36 percent of Republicans believe that President Obama was not born in the United States. That is down five percent from April’s poll taken just prior to the president releasing his long form birth certificate showing that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii August 4, 1961. Huffmon says the figures illustrate the level of dislike a number Republicans voters have for the president.
About 30 percent of South Carolina Republicans also think the president is a Muslim (Obama has stated he is a Christian), and about 75 percent think the word “socialist” describes the president “very well” or “well.”