Winthrop Poll results (December 2011) - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Winthrop Poll results (December 2011)

ROCK HILL, SC (WIS) - Here are the full results from the December 2011 Winthrop Poll:

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president of the United States?

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Approve

44.8%

90.6%

6.5%

33.0%

Disapprove

47.8%

6.1%

89.8%

53.0%

Not Sure

6.4%

3.0%

2.5%

12.4%

Refused

1.0%

.3%

1.2%

1.6%

 

Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Congress is handling its job?

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Approve

12.1%

16.6%

9.0%

10.8%

Disapprove

81.4%

77.6%

83.6%

83.6%

Not Sure

5.9%

5.5%

6.2%

5.3%

Refused

.6%

.3%

1.2%

.3%

 

Thinking about the current path that our nation is taking, do you think our country is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Right Track

22.3%

42.4%

5.3%

17.7%

Wrong Direction

65.7%

39.4%

88.5%

72.2%

Not Sure

10.7%

17.1%

5.6%

8.5%

Refused

1.3%

1.1%

.6%

1.6%

 

 

Thinking about the current path that South Carolina is taking, do you think our state is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Right Track

41.4%

27.8%

58.7%

40.2%

Wrong Direction

42.7%

56.5%

26.1%

43.6%

Not Sure

15.0%

14.6%

14.6%

14.9%

Refused

1.0%

1.1%

.6%

1.3%

 

 

[NOTE: the following two questions were open-ended.  The interviewer coded the respondent's answer into one of dozens of possible categories]

What do you think is the most important problem facing the United States of America today? TOP THREE RESPONSES GIVEN.

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

30.7%

Unemployment/ jobs

37.4%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

33.2%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

32.7%

Unemployment/ jobs

24.9%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

26.6%

Unemployment/ jobs

14.9%

Unemployment/ jobs

21.6%

Budget Deficit or Debt

8.7%

Politicians/ Government

5.8%

Budget Deficit or Debt

14.6%

Tie:
Politicians/ Government AND

Budget Deficit or Debt

7.9%

 

 

What do you think is the most important problem facing the state of South Carolina today? TOP THREE RESPONSES GIVEN.

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Unemployment/ Jobs

38.2%

Unemployment/ Jobs

46.2%

Unemployment/ Jobs

32.9%

Unemployment/ Jobs

34.6%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

21.1%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

17.3%

 

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

23.7%

Economy/ Economic-financial crisis

22.6%

Education

10.8%

Education

9.7%

Education

8.9%

Education

12.8%

 

Although we do not yet know who his Republican opponent will be, how likely do you think it is that Barack Obama will be re-elected president in 2012?  Very Likely, Somewhat Likely, Not Very Likely, or Not At All Likely?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Very Likely

25.8%

50.0%

5.9%

19.2%

Somewhat Likely

33.0%

35.4%

25.7%

36.8%

Not Very Likely

19.9%

8.3%

32.5%

20.8%

Not at All Likely

17.8%

4.1%

31.9%

19.2%

Not Sure

3.2%

2.2%

3.7%

3.4%

Refused

.2%

0.0%

.3%

.5%

 

 

NOTE: The following question was ONLY asked of Republicans and Republican Leaning Independents who "definitely" plan to vote in the 2012 Republican Presidential Primary in South Carolina.

NOTE: As of Herman Cain's withdrawal, we left Herman Cain's name on the list for the sake of comparability and validity.  Assuming anyone who picked Cain had not heard of his withdrawal, we asked, "If Herman Cain drops out of the race, who would you support?"  Between the time of Cain's announcement and the end of polling, only 7 individuals responded to the initial question with support for Cain.  In response to the follow up question, Gingrich got the support of 4 erstwhile Cain supporters, Romney got the support of 2 erstwhile Cain supporters, and ‘Not Sure' got the support of 1 erstwhile Cain supporter.  These numbers are far too small to have any statistical meaning whatsoever.  If, after initially hearing the list of possible nominees, a respondent said, "I thought Cain dropped out," interviewers were instructed to confirm this and repeat the question.

 

I'm going to read the titles and names of 9 people who have been mentioned as possible candidates for the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination.  The names are in alphabetical order.  Please listen to all the names before selecting one.

Thinking ahead to the 2012 Presidential election, who would you vote for as your FIRST CHOICE to be the next Republican nominee for President if the primary election were held today?

 

 

Likely SC 2012 Repub Pres Primary Voters

Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann

5.4%

Former CEO of Godfather's Pizza Herman Cain

6.6%

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich

38.4%

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman

1.4%

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson

0.0%

Texas Representative Ron Paul

4.1%

Texas Governor Rick Perry

9.0%

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney

21.5%

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum

3.1%

Other

.7%

Not Sure

9.1%

Refused

.7%

 

How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very

good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Very Good

1.5%

2.7%

.6%

1.3%

Fairly Good

16.3%

29.1%

8.0%

11.1%

Fairly Bad

37.6%

41.2%

35.6%

35.3%

Very Bad

43.5%

25.0%

55.1%

51.3%

Not Sure

1.0%

1.6%

.3%

1.1%

Refused

.1%

.3%

.3%

0.0%

 

Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Getting Better

41.8%

60.6%

25.6%

37.5%

Getting Worse

47.4%

28.9%

62.3%

53.0%

Not Sure

10.4%

10.3%

11.4%

9.2%

Refused

.4%

.3%

.6%

.3%

 

 

How would you rate the condition of the economy of South Carolina these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Very Good

1.4%

1.4%

1.6%

1.1%

Fairly Good

33.1%

35.5%

33.2%

30.8%

Fairly Bad

43.5%

37.7%

50.6%

43.4%

Very Bad

19.7%

22.7%

12.4%

22.6%

Not Sure

2.2%

2.5%

1.9%

2.1%

Refused

.2%

.3%

.3%

0.0%

 

Right now, do you think that economic conditions in South Carolina are getting better or getting worse?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Getting Better

43.7%

40.4%

46.9%

43.9%

Getting Worse

40.2%

47.4%

35.1%

38.4%

Not Sure

15.1%

11.1%

17.4%

16.6%

Refused

.9%

1.1%

.6%

1.1%

 

 

Right now, do you believe that economic conditions in South Carolina are better than those of the nation as a whole, worse than those of the nation as a whole, or about the same as those of the nation as a whole?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Better

18.2%

10.7%

28.4%

16.8%

Worse

23.8%

30.9%

13.9%

25.5%

Same

54.2%

55.9%

53.4%

53.5%

Not Sure

3.2%

2.2%

2.8%

3.9%

Refused

.6%

.3%

1.5%

.3%

 

How would you rate your financial situation today? As excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Excellent

7.3%

3.6%

10.5%

8.2%

Good

38.5%

33.1%

49.4%

33.9%

Only Fair

38.4%

48.1%

29.9%

36.8%

Poor

14.5%

14.4%

9.0%

19.2%

Not Sure

.5%

.8%

.3%

.3%

Refused

.8%

0.0%

.9%

1.6%

 

Right now, do you think that your financial situation as a whole is getting better or getting worse?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Getting Better

39.4%

49.3%

35.0%

33.6%

Getting Worse

40.3%

33.6%

45.2%

42.6%

Not Sure

19.5%

17.1%

19.2%

22.5%

Refused

.8%

0.0%

.6%

1.3%

 

Would you be willing to cut defense spending in order to address national budget concerns?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Yes

46.5%

56.1%

33.1%

49.1%

No

45.4%

32.8%

62.2%

43.3%

Not Sure

7.3%

9.4%

4.3%

7.4%

Refused

.8%

1.7%

.3%

.3%

 

Do you think it is possible to address national budget concerns without any tax increases on any groups, or would some tax increases be required to address national budget concerns?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Possible to Do Without Tax Increase

29.9%

13.0%

45.5%

33.4%

NOT Possible to Do Without Tax Increase

63.4%

80.4%

47.4%

60.5%

Not Sure

6.0%

5.5%

6.8%

5.3%

Refused

.8%

1.1%

.3%

.8%

 

We'd like to find out how familiar folks are with various issues in South Carolina.  Some leaders from both parties have mentioned the importance of dealing with issues related to the South Carolina public employee pension program.  How familiar are you with issues related to the South Carolina public employee pension program, would you say you are very familiar with the issues, somewhat familiar with the issues, have heard it mentioned but are not familiar with the specifics, or have not heard of the issues at all?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Very Familiar

7.8%

6.9%

6.8%

9.7%

Somewhat Familiar

23.9%

19.4%

26.6%

26.5%

Heard Mentioned

31.2%

31.0%

31.0%

31.8%

Not Heard

36.5%

41.8%

35.3%

31.5%

Refused

.6%

.8%

.3%

.5%

 

NOTE: The following question was ONLY asked of those who file a SC income tax return.  Categories were not given; interviewers coded open ended answer into the listed categories after the respondent answered the question.

To the best of your knowledge, what is the highest marginal percentage rate for personal income tax in the state of South Carolina?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

7 percent

5.6%

2.8%

6.7%

7.1%

Under 10 percent but not 7 percent

4.2%

3.8%

3.9%

4.7%

Between 11 percent and 20 percent

6.3%

4.5%

6.7%

7.6%

Between 21 percent and 35 percent

10.8%

7.3%

10.9%

13.8%

Over 35 percent

4.4%

5.2%

5.6%

2.9%

Don't Know/ Not Sure

65.6%

70.9%

64.1%

62.1%

Refused

3.1%

5.5%

2.1%

1.8%

 

In general, would you say you approve or disapprove of the Occupy Wall Street movement or are you not familiar enough with the Occupy Wall Street movement to have an opinion?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Approve

24.2%

32.2%

11.1%

27.9%

Disapprove

33.2%

10.2%

57.3%

35.3%

Not Familiar

36.6%

49.6%

26.9%

31.6%

Not Sure

5.5%

6.6%

4.3%

5.3%

Refused

.6%

1.4%

.3%

0.0%

 

In general, would you say you approve or disapprove of the Tea Party movement or are you not familiar enough with the Tea Party movement to have an opinion?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Approve

31.4%

5.2%

61.4%

31.7%

Disapprove

34.3%

54.7%

10.3%

35.2%

Not Familiar

28.7%

36.5%

23.1%

25.9%

Not Sure

4.8%

2.5%

5.0%

6.1%

Refused

.4%

1.1%

.3%

1.1%

 

Would you consider yourself a MEMBER of the Tea Party Movement?

 

 

All

Democrat

Republican

Independent (& other)

Yes

6.8%

1.1%

14.8%

5.5%

No

89.8%

93.9%

83.3%

90.8%

Not Sure

3.1%

4.4%

1.5%

3.2%

Refused

.4%

.6%

.3%

.5%

 

Conducted at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., the Winthrop Poll is a long-term survey initiative designed to keep public policy makers across the country in touch with the attitudes and opinions of citizens in South Carolina and the entire southern region. It also serves to inform South Carolinians, and southerners as a whole, of the opinions and views of their neighbors.

The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University, a public university, with additional support from The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University.  Survey methodology information can be found at: http://www.winthrop.edu/winthroppoll/default.aspx?id=9802

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