-PPP's newest South Carolina poll finds that Nikki Haley has become one of the most popular Governors in the country...but that voters still don't want to see her as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate next year. 56% of voters in the state approve of the job Haley is doing to only 28% who disapprove. Her numbers with Republicans (71/18) and independents (53/27) are good but what really sets her apart from other Governors across the country is that she's at almost break even (40/42) even with Democratic voters. That's a very unusual amount of cross over support these days. The good numbers with Democrats are particularly fueled by her being at 45/30 with African Americans, suggesting continued goodwill toward her for the leadership she provided in taking down the Confederate flag. Despite (or perhaps because of) Haley's popularity, only 25% of voters want to see her on the Republican ticket next year to 59% who don't want her to be.
-Tim Scott (46/25 approval) is miles ahead of Lindsey Graham (30/51 approval) when it comes to who South Carolina's more popular Senator is. Scott looks like a pretty overwhelming favorite for reelection next year- he leads Joyce Dickerson 53/25 in a hypothetical match up.
-Hillary Clinton trails all of the Republican candidates for President in South Carolina by anywhere from 2 to 12 points. By far the Republican who does best against Clinton is Ben Carson who leads 51/39. Jeb Bush leads her 47/41, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump both do 47/42, Mike Huckabee's up 47/43, Carly Fiorina is ahead 45/41, Ted Cruz has a 46/43 advantage, and the smallest lead is John Kasich's at 43/41.
Bernie Sanders does on average 7 points worse than Clinton in match ups with the comparable Republicans in South Carolina. He trails Carson 51/33, Bush 48/35, Rubio 46/33, Cruz 45/35, and Trump 48/38.
-South Carolina may be one of the more Republican states in the country but on several key issues right now voters are pretty progressive. 68% of voters in the state support increasing the minimum wage to at least $10 an hour, compared to only 16% who think it should stay where it is right now, and 12% who think it should be eliminated altogether. There's 88% support from Democrats and 72% support from independents for increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour, and even 50% of Republicans support it.
63% of voters in the state support the EPA's Clean Power Plan, to 29% who are opposed. It has 86% support from Democrats, 63% support from independents that mirrors the overall level of support in the state, and 41% support from Republicans.
70% of voters in the state say gay marriage being legal has either had a positive impact on their lives or no impact at all, with only 30% claiming that it's been a negative for them. That includes 57% of Republicans who grant that the legalization of gay marriage hasn't actually negatively affected them.
Full results here