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?
Do you approve or disapprove of the way the United States Congress is handling its job?
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?
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?
[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.
What do you think is the most important problem facing the state of South Carolina today? TOP THREE RESPONSES GIVEN.
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?
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?
How would you rate the condition of the national economy these days? Is it very
good, fairly good, fairly bad or very bad?
Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?
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?
Right now, do you think that economic conditions in South Carolina are getting better or getting worse?
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?
How would you rate your financial situation today? As excellent, good, only fair, or poor?
Right now, do you think that your financial situation as a whole is getting better or getting worse?
Would you be willing to cut defense spending in order to address national budget concerns?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Would you consider yourself a MEMBER of the Tea Party Movement?
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.