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Haley approval rating dips, new poll shows

Sep 2, 2011 8:44:00 PM - thestate.com
Gov. Nikki Haley’s approval rating has fallen slightly since June –enough that more South Carolinians disapprove of her performance as governor than approve.

Still, if they had to vote again, South Carolinians would still elect Haley over her 2010 Democratic challenger, Vincent Sheheen, according to a new poll from the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling.

“Unlike some of her controversial counterparts, like Florida’s Rick Scott and Ohio’s John Kasich, Haley is a rare governor of the 2010 Tea Party breed who has not turned voters off so much that they have buyers’ remorse,” the firm noted in a news release.

Haley’s approval rating is at 41 percent, while 43 percent disapprove of her. Sixteen percent were “not sure.” Those numbers are down from June, when Public Policy found 42 percent of South Carolinians approved of Haley while 41 percent did not.

Asked if they could “do last fall’s election for governor over again,” 49 percent said they would vote for Haley while 43 percent said they would vote for Sheheen. Eight percent were not sure.

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