SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The latest Winthrop Poll results show Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley with a 10-point lead over Democratic challenger S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen in the November elections.
Winthrop Poll surveyed 1,082 probable voters in the state via phone call between September 21-28 to gauge their views on politics, economics, policies and social issues. The results of the 2014 poll were released Wednesday morning.
Likely South Carolina voters tabbed Haley to win the November election over Sheheen by a margin of 43.6% to 33.6%. Petition candidate Tom Ervin was selected by 3.9% of voters, while 12.4% said they do not know who they will choose.
Just over 57% of voters said the economic conditions in the state are fairly good, and 62% of voters are optimistic South Carolina's economic conditions are improving.
Respondents identified the key state problems as jobs/unemployment (20.1%), education (18.3%), and economy (10.9%).
In the state Senate race, the Republic incumbents are sitting comfortably with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham taking 46.3% of probable voters and US. Sen. Tim Scott holding onto 52.4%. Of note: Former S.C. Treasurer Thomas Ravenel, who is challenging Graham, came in at 8%.
The majority of those surveyed in South Carolina do not approve of the work being performed in the U.S. Capital, as President Barack Obama's approval rate came in at 38.2%, with Congress' approval rate at an even lower 12.7%.
S.C. voters say the nation's issues are nearly opposite of those in the state, with the U.S. economy (17.6%), politicians/government (13.8%), and jobs/unemployment (8.2%) leading the way.
To see the complete Winthrop Poll results, click here.