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Winthrop Poll shows approval for SC leaders

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The newest Winthrop Poll numbers are in, and almost 50% of respondents in South Carolina approve of how Governor Nikki Haley is doing her job.

The Winthrop Poll surveyed 877 adults living in South Carolina from April 6-13 to gauge their approval of state and federal leaders, along with other controversial subjects.

On the state level, those surveyed generally approved of the work done by South Carolina politicians. 

Almost 50% of respondents approve of the work done by Governor Haley, while 35% disapprove. For Senator Tim Scott, 43% approve of the way he is handling his job against nearly 18% who disapprove. The gap is much closer for SC Senator Lindsey Graham, as 42% approve and 39% disapprove. 

A total of 42% of those surveyed think the South Carolina Legislature is doing a good job, while 34% say it is not.

The positive approval rate for state officials does not translate to the federal approval numbers.

According to the Winthrop Poll, nearly 53% of respondents disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job, while only 38% approve. That gap grows even larger for Congress, as nearly 78% of those surveyed disapprove of how it has handled its job with only 14% approving. 

The poll shows the economy/economic-financial crisis is the most important issue facing the United States (13%), while education is the most important issue facing South Carolina (18.5%).

The last Winthrop Poll took place in October 2013.

To view the complete Winthrop Poll results, click here. 

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