Republican Nikki Haley continues to hold a comfortable lead over Democrat Vincent Sheheen in South Carolina’s gubernatorial race.
The latest Ramussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in South Carolina shows Haley with 50% support to Sheheen’s 33%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate in the race, and 13% remain undecided.
The race is still ranked Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Gubernatorial Scorecard.
Haley posted a 52% to 36% lead over Sheheen last month. Haley’s been well ahead in the race in surveys since June with support ranging from 49% to 55%. Sheheen has picked up 34% to 40% of the vote in those same surveys.
Haley, a state legislator, earns 78% of the Republican vote in the state, while 69% of South Carolina Democrats support Sheheen, currently a member of the State Senate. Haley holds a 10-point lead among voters not affiliated with either major party.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Carolina was conducted on September 22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
Rasmussen Reports will release new numbers this weekend from South Carolina’s U.S. Senate race.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Palmetto State voters favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in South Carolina, higher than support nationally. Just 20% are opposed to such a law.
Haley earns 63% of the votes from the much larger group that favors an Arizona-like law. Seventy-three percent (73%) of those who oppose a law like that back Sheheen.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of all South Carolina voters support strict government sanctions on employers who hire illegal immigrants.
Haley is viewed favorably by 62% of the state’s voters and unfavorably by 32%. This includes 31% with a Very Favorable opinion of her and 12% with a Very Unfavorable one.
For Sheheen, favorables are 47% and unfavorables 40%, including 20% Very Favorable and 14% Very Unfavorable.