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.
Silver is not even a pollster.
It’d be nice to get him off TV for a while. (And just running would be a good enough reason to get him off the air.)
I can name several other South Carolinians who are not in this poll...and they are far more qualified tha Cobert.
The poll was designed to make GOP look bad, that’s all it was intended to do, nothing more. Anybody who believes the inclusion of Cobert was anything but a stunt to smack the ‘pubbies is dumber than the folks that “prefer” him.
I remind you, PPP was THE #1 poll in this past election cycle. The “conservative” polls were the worst. We ignore pollsters we don’t like, who are accurate, at our peril.
"As of the 2010 census, the racial make up of the state is 66.2% White (64.1% non-Hispanic white), 27.9% Black or African American, 0.4% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.3% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 1.7% from two or more races. 5.1% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin (they may be of any race)." [Wikipedia]
Do the math.
This is a joke, right?
Save your preaching, you’re wasting your time.
This is a dumb poll, period.
Me, Too. College students know who this creepy “comic” is, and that’s about all.
NOTHING would THRILL Colbert and Stewart more than for the GOP to "Take them On" - they'd get hours of material, and plenty of media attention.
A few airplane crash jokes to his face might cut Colbert down a notch or two.
This ends up getting more GOP votes....how, exactly? Oh that's right, all you care about is getting your OWN jollies.
If you goal is to make sure the GOP gets NO votes from anyone under 30, instead of just some of them, then your plan will work just swell.
As insane as this country has become, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
Colbert would get thumped in a SC Senate race. Even against Lindsey Graham.
I seriously hope that people are just sayign this because it’s funny. If not, no wonder we are toast as a nation.
Those 400k voters are all < 75IQ Amish types plus some good old SC voter fraud @ the Mt Zion Churches!
Colbert is so proud of his home state of SC that he took voice lessons to get rid of his Southern accent. He says the reason is he didn’t want to be perceived as dumb and most people see Southerners are dumb hicks. He’s a disgrace.
Colbert is so proud of his home state of SC that he took voice lessons to get rid of his Southern accent. He says the reason is he didn’t want to be perceived as dumb and most people see Southerners as dumb hicks. He’s a disgrace.
NOTHING would THRILL Colbert and Stewart more than for the GOP to “Take them On” - they’d get hours of material, and plenty of media attention.
Romney did ignore them. How did that go again?
Maybe I wasn’t clear. Guys like Colbert and Stewart hate to have an honest discussion of the issues. It’s all monologues, parody, distractions and propaganda. It’s far better to engage them and use the facts to inform their dim bulb viewers. There is nothing funny about black unemployment being 14%. How about some rich democrat jokes, etc.
Romney was quite effective in the first debate calling out obama’s hypocrisy. Too bad he didn’t do that more. He might have won. We will continue to be steamrolled until we fight like dems.
Governor Romney couldn’t run for reelection, because he left the governorship with 34% approval.
So the GOP decided that he was the guy with the winning history, to lose to Obama in 2012.
These polls exist for one reason, to make election theft believable.
Voting machines, computer tabulated counts, the biggest fraud ever perpetrated by a government. Much easier than tyranny by force.
When she was the underdog being attacked by the racist/sexist Republican establishment they loved her. That changed as soon as she actually got elected and immediately went at Obama.