Raleigh, N.C. – South Carolinians are not particularly fond of their new Governor Nikki Haley, and they like her 2010 opponent Vincent Sheheen slightly better, but voters are still giving her the benefit of the doubt. Unlike some of her controversial counterparts, like Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s John Kasich, Haley is a rare governor of the 2010 Tea Party breed who has not turned voters off so much that they have buyers’ remorse. Despite a slightly underwater 41-43 job approval rating, she would still defeat Sheheen, and by even a slightly larger margin than last fall. She won 51-47, and would win in a do-over, 49-43, according to PPP’s latest poll. Haley’s approval is down slightly from June, when PPP last polled the state; then voters were split 42-41 in her favor. But the margin of the re-do question is the same (48-42 then).
The state’s senators, Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, remain equally as popular as three months ago, with DeMint still better-liked than Graham. DeMint’s 47-32 approval rating is almost identical to the 47-34 measured in June. Ditto for Graham, at 41-39 now and 40-38 then. Unsurprisingly, Graham is slightly better liked by Democrats and seen considerably better by independents than DeMint, but the junior senator is far more palatable to Republicans (73% approval, versus 53%).