CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Donald Trump's support is deep in South Carolina among core groups which make up the GOP electorate, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.
Among those who consider themselves very conservative in this state, Trump leads 33 percent to Dr. Ben Carson's 21 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz's 10 percent.
The poll says nearly two thirds of Republican state voters call themselves evangelical Christians, and this group backs Trump 33 percent, compared with 18 percent backing Carson.
Among Tea Party supporters, the poll shows Trump has the backing of 33 percent, compared with Carson at 19 percent and Cruz at nine percent.
The only area where Carson appears to be gaining on Trump, according to the poll is in women. Among men, Trump holds a wide lead over Carson at 35 percent to 12 percent. But among women, it is much closer with Trump leading Carson 25 to 18 percent.
Trump also does well in favorable versus unfavorable ratings with 58 percent favorable and 28 percent unfavorable. But this is where Carson actually trumps Trump with a 72 percent favorable rating compared to only to nine percent unfavorable.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also earns a better net positive rating than Trump with a 48 percent favorable rating compared to a negative rating of only 15 percent.
But the poll news is not good for South Carolina's senior United States Senator Lindsey Graham, who has a 35 percent favorable rating and a bigger 50 percent unfavorable score.
This Monmouth University Poll was conducted among likely South Carolina Republican voters from Aug. 20 to 23.The margin of error is plus or minus 4.6 percent.