New poll shows Haley leading Sheheen by 9 percent

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – According to a Winthrop University poll released Wednesday, Nikki Haley leads Vincent Sheheen by 9 percent in the race for South Carolina governor.

The latest Winthrop Poll of 741 likely voters in South Carolina was taken between Oct. 5 and Oct. 10.

In the governor's race, 26 percent of Haley's supporters and 18 percent of Sheheen's supporters said they might change their minds.

The poll also found that among likely voters, almost 25 percent of Democrats remain undecided in the Senate race, while 30.6 percent said they support Democrat Alvin Greene, 16.1 percent support Republican Jim DeMint and 22.4 percent support Green Party candidate Tom Clements.

Fifty-five percent of those polled think there should be more women in the SC Assembly than there are today. Almost 60 percent identified jobs, unemployment and the economic crisis as the most important problem facing SC today, followed by education, which was cited almost 20 percent

The results of the poll also revealed that Sarah Palin's name is the name most often mentioned as the leading voice of the national GOP. Almost 20 percent of all people polled and 30 percent of Republicans said they belong to the Tea Party. Almost 50 percent of all people polled say they agree with the principles of the Tea Party.

Almost 90 percent of Democrats approve of Barack Obama's handling of his presidency.

When asked about the economic conditions in the country as a whole, Democrats and Republicans were almost opposed in their responses with 62.6 percent of Democrats saying it is getting better and 62.8 percent of Republicans saying it is getting worse.

Despite the recent oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast, almost 60 percent of likely voters polled approve of allowing off-shore drilling for oil off the coast of SC.

Seventy percent of those polled do not feel that K-12 education in SC is currently being funded at adequate levels.

The poll was conducted among those 18 years and older. The survey used Random Digit Dialing (RDD), wireless phone number sampling and sample taken from lists of registered voters. Data utilizing all respondents has a margin of error of plus/minus 3.6 percent.

The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University with additional support from The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University.

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