Skip to comments.PPP Poll: Stephen Colbert tops SC voters' Senate wish list
Posted on 12/10/2012 10:49:37 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Nikki Haley is one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 42% of voters approve of the job she's doing to 49% who disapprove. Out of 43 sitting Governors PPP has polled on, that ranks her 35th in popularity.
Haley has pretty solid numbers within her own party. 70% of Republicans approve of the job she's doing to 22% who disapprove. But with Democrats (15/78 approval) and independents (28/57) her numbers are pretty woeful.
There is a path back to popularity for Haley though: appointing Stephen Colbert to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. Colbert tops the wish list of who South Carolina voters would like to see join that body at 20%, followed by Tim Scott at 15%, Trey Gowdy at 14%, Jenny Sanford at 11%, Henry McMaster and Mark Sanford at 8%, Jeff Duncan and Joe Wilson at 5%, and Mick Mulvaney at 4%.
It's Democrats and independents- those voters Haley most needs to improve her standing with- who are pining for a Colbert appointment. Among Democrats 32% say they'd like Colbert to be picked with Jenny Sanford at 19% and no one else in double digits. With crucial independent voters Colbert has a 15 point lead for the appointment, getting 28% to 13% for Tim Scott, 12% for Jenny Sanford, and 10% for Trey Gowdy with no one else in double digits.
If Colbert's lacking knowledge of the state beverage keeps him from Haley's consideration, voters say their top choice is Jenny Sanford at 17%, followed by Tim Scott at 16%, Henry McMaster at 13%, Trey Gowdy at 12%, Mark Sanford at 9%, Joe Wilson at 7%, Jeff Duncan at 6%, and Mick Mulvaney at 5%. Sanford becomes the first choice of both Democrats and independents without Colbert in the mix and is particularly strong with women, 24% of whom think she should receive the appointment.
If you further filter the field and take the Sanfords out of the potential appointment list three men really stand out from the field: Tim Scott at 19%, Henry McMaster at 17%, and Trey Gowdy at 15%. The other three Congressmen we tested end up well back- Joe Wilson at 8%, Mick Mulvaney at 7%, and Jeff Duncan at 6%.
In all three permutations of the field we tested Tim Scott comes out as the top choice among Republicans. It's 22/21 over Gowdy with Mark Sanford at 11% when Colbert and both the Sanfords are included. It's 23/19 over Gowdy with McMaster and M. Sanford both at 11% when Colbert's taken out. And it's 25/21 over Gowdy with McMaster at 15%, Wilson at 12%, and Mulvaney at 11% when the Sanfords are taken out.
Others notes from this poll:
-2 years after leaving office Mark Sanford isn't getting any more popular. Only 30% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 53% with a negative one, and even with Republicans his favorability is 39/44. His prospects for a comeback to electoral office don't look very bright. -Jenny Sanford, on the other hand, really could probably get elected to office if she wanted to. 44% of voters have a favorable opinion of her to only 25% with a negative one and her popularity holds true across party lines. She's at 48/21 with Republicans, 43/31 with Democrats, and 39/26 with independents.
-Colbert has a 30/32 favorability rating. Democrats (44/25) and independents (38/23) like him quite a bit, but Republicans (14/43) do not.
What the hell is wrong with people? Idiocracy; here we come.
show = she
good grief, I am living in the movie idiotocracy.
Too bad the Three Stooges are dead. She could appoint one of them to the Senate. Or maybe all three, and they could rotate.
Confirmation that the Republic is over.
Sorry, Ben Franklin.
Mistakes were made.
Idiocracy has been in place for years. Now we’re at the point of its quality.
I call BS.
One of the great errors the GOP is making right now is their failure to take on these pop culture clowns like Colbert and Stewart. A few airplane crash jokes to his face might cut Colbert down a notch or two.
Silly poll. A quick look at the crosstabs show support for Colbert derives almost completely from those who support Obama over Romney. The conclusion would be that Colbert was considered the only non-Republican in the poll.
Is this a serious article?
Why the hell would a polling outfit even include a name like that?
RE: What the hell is wrong with people? Idiocracy; here we come.
There are MANY people in South Carolina who will vote for ANYONE but a Conservative.
In 2010, there was a man named Alvin Greene who for reasons I still cannot fathom, became the Democratic party nominee to ran against Jim DeMint.
Greene never held public office before and at the time of his candidacy, was unemployed and living with and caring for his father. He did serve in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force before receiving an involuntary honorable discharge in 2009.
On August 13, 2010, it was announced that he had been indicted on criminal charges of showing pornographic pictures to an 18-year old female college student
Greene never presented any coherent policy during the campaign and sounded redundant and incoherent when interviewed about why he wanted to defeat Jim DeMint. He kept repeating over and over again: “Jim DeMint started the recession.”
Anyway, Jim DeMint won the election of course. What surprised me however was this — DeMint won ONLY 63% of the vote. Greene won 28% of the vote ( which translates to over 400,000 votes right there!! ).
This tells me that AT LEAST 400,000 voters in South Carolina are part of your so called Idiocracy.
RE: Why the hell would a polling outfit even include a name like that?
Well for one, Stephen Colbert IS a South Carolinian. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, on James Island, the youngest of 11 children in a Catholic family.
Another example of why I no longer put any credibility in any poll. No serious pollster would have even put Colbert into the mix. I guess they felt compelled to be “cool.”
RE: Another example of why I no longer put any credibility in any poll.
Love him or hate him, Nate Silver of the NY Times has been SPOT ON in his predictions in the last 3 election cycles.
He was MORE ACCURATE than Rasmussen and Gallup.
It is 20% split between several names.
The headline seems to be trying to give the impression he leads in a head to head matchup.
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