South Carolina Governor: Haley (R) 49%, Sheheen (D) 35%

Rasmussen Reports

Republican Nikki Haley continues to hold a double-digit lead over Democratic State Senator Vincent Sheheen in South Carolina’s race for governor.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the state shows Haley with 49% support. Sheheen picks up 35% of the vote. Four percent (4%) like another candidate in the race, and 12% remain undecided.

Both candidates have less support this month than they did a month ago.

Haley, a state legislator, captures 82% of the GOP vote, while Sheheen earns just 68% of Democrats. Voters not affiliated with either party prefer the Republican by a 48% to 34% margin.

Only seven percent (7%) of voters in South Carolina describe the economy as good. Fifty-nine percent (59%) say it’s poor. Twenty-two percent (22%) believe the economy is getting better, but 47% say it’s getting worse.

Sheheen picks up 68% support from voters who say the economy is getting better. Haley gets identical support (68%) from those who believe it is getting worse.

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters in the state say the United States is in a recession.

Thirty-three percent (33%) rate their personal finances as good or excellent, but 20% say their finances are poor. Seventeen percent (17%) think their own finances are getting better, while 44% say they are worsening.

The survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Carolina was conducted on July 29, 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.

Sixty-one percent (61%) of South Carolina voters favor repeal of the national health care bill, while 34% are opposed. This includes 52% who Strongly Favor repeal and 25% who Strongly Oppose it. This is even higher support for repeal than is found nationally.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters in the state favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in South Carolina, similar to support nationally. Twenty percent (20%) oppose such a law.

By a two-to-one margin, South Carolina voters disagree with the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to challenge the Arizona law in federal court.

Sixty percent (60%) say a child born in this country to a mother who is an illegal immigrant should not automatically become a U.S. citizen, as is currently the law.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of all voters in South Carolina now hold a Very Favorable opinion of Haley, down slightly from the previous survey. Twelve percent (12%) view her Very Unfavorably.

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