A new Conservative Intel poll of South Carolina shows that Gov. Nikki Haley, R, is disliked by voters on net, but still comfortably leads her likely Democratic opponent, Vince Sheheen, in their expected 2014 rematch.
Meanwhile, looking forward to the 2016 presidential race, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio polls better than his peers against former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, D.
The poll of 676 likely voters, conducted for Conservative Intel on October 27 and 28 by Harper Polling, found that Haley is viewed unfavorably by 43 percent of likely voters and favorably by only 42 percent. Still, she leads Shaheen by a nine-point margin, 48 to 39 percent.
Voters in South Carolina have strong negative feelings about Rep. Mark Sanford, R, their former governor, whose once-promising track toward higher office was derailed by his adulterous affair with an Argentine woman. Fifty-one percent view Sanford unfavorably and only 33 percent favorably.
South Carolinians are split evenly on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who posted a 30 percent favorable and 30 percent unfavorable rating, with the remaining 40 percent undecided. A slight plurality of 46 percent believe Cruz should have compromised in the standoff last month that led to the government shutdown; in contrast, 43 percent believed Cruz had taken a “courageous stand against Obamacare.”
Cruz narrowly trails Hillary Clinton, D, in South Carolina in a potential 2016 presidential matchup, 42 percent to 41 percent. Also tested were New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who led Clinton by five points (43 to 38 percent) and Rubio, who led her by seven points (47 to 40 percent). The result for Rubio is slightly surprising, since it indicates his strong support (until recently) for comprehensive immigration reform has not damaged his standing with the state’s relatively conservative general election voters. (Primary results will be released tomorrow.)
The Conservative Intel poll also tested primary and general election matchups for South Carolina’s Senate race, in which Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., faces a number of lesser-known challengers. These will be released tomorrow along with results from the GOP presidential primary.