Poll: Nearly half of SC residents think state is headed in positive direction

The Winthrop Poll took responses from 976 South Carolina residents (Source: Winthrop)
The Winthrop Poll took responses from 976 South Carolina residents (Source: Winthrop)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A new Winthrop Poll released Wednesday gave a peek into the mind of some South Carolina residents.

The University surveyed 976 residents by phone between Feb. 17-25 about a number of issues including the state's economy and political figures.

Nearly half think South Carolina is moving in a positive direction while 73 percent say the condition of the state's economy is either very or fairly good. Almost 61 percent described their own financial situation as good or excellent. This differs with the national views of respondents, 61 percent of which said the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Residents see gun control as the most important problem facing the country. It should be noted that polling began just after the mass shooting at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Florida. Respondents added the most important issues facing the state are infrastructure, education and jobs.

President Donald Trump's approval rating among the state's residents came in at 42 percent.

Gov. Henry McMaster's approval rating remained steady at 47 percent. The state's general assembly received a 42 percent approval rating. Sen. Lindsay Graham's approval rating stood at 38 percent while Sen. Tim Scott's general public approval rating came in at 53 percent.

Results in the poll had a 3.2 percent margin of error.

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