Taking the political pulse of South Carolina residents a year prior to the 2014 election, the latest Winthrop Poll is out. The survey was conducted from Oct. 19-27, 2013.
Among the findings:
-Nearly half (47.3 percent) blame Republicans for the recent government shutdown. Another 28 percent blame President Barack Obama. 20 percent say the GOP and President Obama share the blame equally.
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, who will face opposition in the 2014 GOP primary, experienced a major drop in his approval rating among Republicans and independents that lean toward the GOP. In the previous Winthrop Poll taken in February, Graham’s approval rating was 71.6 percent. In April, it had dropped 12.3 percentage points. In the latest poll, Graham’s approval rating stands at 45.2 percent. Among registered voters, the approval rating is 37.4 percent.
-Gov. Nikki Haley’s approval rating stands at 44.1 percent among all residents and 44.5 percent among registered voters. Among those who say they are Republicans, Haley has an approval rating of 65.5 percent.
-Regarding the performance of the S.C. General Assembly, 39.4 percent of state residents approved and 37.5 percent disapproved. Nearly 1 in 5 was not sure.
-Only 28 percent of South Carolina residents view the Tea Party movement in a positive light.