Poll: No bump in Haley's approval
April 24th, 2012
09:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: No bump in Haley's approval

(CNN) - Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's approval in South Carolina stands under 40%, essentially unchanged from previous polling among registered voters, according to a new survey.

The Winthrop University Poll released Tuesday showed 37.8% of registered Palmetto State voters approved of the first term governor's performance compared to 38.5% who did not. Over 21% were undecided.

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Among Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP, Haley received 59.8% support, with one-in-five disapproving.

Haley, who was elected in 2010 with support from the tea party movement, was a relatively early supporter of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and has since been on the receiving end of vice presidential speculation.

However, the opinions of South Carolinians about jobs in the state were a bright spot for the current governor. While 36.5% of voters in February identified jobs and unemployment as the No. 1 issue in the state, 26.4% said the same in the April poll.

There was also a jump among those who were positive about the economic conditions in the state. Over 48% said the climate was good or fairly good, compared to 38% who said the same in February. And almost 20% more felt the economy was getting better, at 58.8%, up from 49.1% in February.

In response to the new figures, Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said "Polls go up and down."

"Governor Haley is focused on working hard every day to produce results for the people of South Carolina, and we're thrilled that our citizens are starting to feel better about our local economy and our state – they deserve to be feeling better because South Carolina is once again on the move," Godfrey said.

The Winthrop Poll interviewed 981 adults in South Carolina between April 15 and April 22 with a sampling error of plus or minus 3.13 percentage points.

Filed under: 2012 VP Pick • Nikki Haley • Polls • South Carolina
soundoff (17 Responses)

    If there is any economic progress going on in the state, I'm certain it has nothing to do with Nikki Haley's polcies. Her poll numbers not changing suggest that she's supporting the wrong person for President.

    April 24, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Sniffit

    Flash in the pan. She's gone next time around.

    April 24, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Uh-oh. Nimrata is in trouble

    April 24, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Anderson

    I would love to see Nikki and Bobby's birth certificate.

    April 24, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Haley, who was elected in 2010 with support from the tea party movement, was a relatively early supporter of Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney and has since been on the receiving end of vice presidential speculation."

    Too funny. I double dare Mitt Romney to put her on his ticket. Well, on second thought, he might not have any other choice. Looks as if his #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 & #7 picks have all gone running for the hills. Put your hands to your ears and you can hear the wind carrying their screams of "noooooooooooooo, not me" anguish from one state to the next.

    Lets be clear. Mitt Romney's presidential ticket isn't going to be a winner.

    April 24, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. SoSad

    And this is news why? Romney the morman is NOT A CHRISTIAN. Haley is also a Muslim! Nope, not ready for prime time.

    April 24, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Prosperid

    I live in SC. The folks want to stick with a REPUBLICAN soooo bad (even when they knew she wasn't the right person for the job), they still voted her in. You get what you ask for due to your dedication to a party (GOP) that ran our budget down the drain.

    April 24, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Lionel

    She is another nut case. She will be voted out the next election cycle. I hope she is selected as the VP for the GOP as we are going to have another Sarah Palin on our hands and Obama will win in a landslide and even take South Caroline.

    Go Obama, Latinos for Obama 2012

    April 24, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Publius Novus

    Given that less than 40% of South Carolinians think Haley is doing a good job, perhaps this would be a good time for CNN to put the standard "popular first-term governor" description in moth balls. Along with "rising Republican star?" At least for a little while?

    April 24, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Bootstomper

    Haley's comet. She would burn out in any other state except South Carolina.

    April 24, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. joe smith

    precisely why women will not get the vp nod..

    April 24, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. judy

    gee I wonder why? Apparently they voted for a wingnut and thats what they got. Boo Hoo. Obama 2012

    April 24, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. king

    Haley and her pandering self need to retire from office, she has done nothing for the people of south Carolina, but ponders to mitten, as if mitten was going to chose her for vice president, oh I forgot I was speaking about the unrational repubs party, she might be chosen afterall.

    April 24, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. WiredweirdinSF

    Wait, the democrat liberal hate machine loves to attack a conservative female. Wait until the drug addicts wake up and read this and you will see the hate come out. In the meantime, still nothing from CNN on Debby Wasserman Schultz calling on Romney to release his tax returns while refusing to release her own. Just goes to prove my point that the liberally biased media will not relay any derogatory stories about the corrupt left wing and the regime that it in charge of it.

    April 24, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. Ohio man

    Ummm of course it's still low.. They all lied to get elected. They all ran on JOBS JOBS JOBS, but they could careless about creating Jobs, if they did that would insure Prez. Obama a 2nd term. So they all went in trying to do anything they could do to help stop that process. New voter laws, tearing down unions..women Rights.... But No JOBS JOBS JOBS

    April 24, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    If South Carolinians are feeling better about job prospects and the state and national economies as a whole, why is that good news for Romney supporter Gov. Haley? Why isn't that better news for Pres. Obama than Gov. Haley?

    April 24, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Ed FL

    She is getting the support she needs to get kicked out of office. The rednecks in her State haven't figured out how they messed up by voting her in to the office. She probably doen't even know what moonshine is much less it is the biggest product in that state.

    April 24, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |