The latest poll results from Rasmussen has current RepublicanGovernor Nikki Haley with a double digit lead over her Democratic opponent, Vincent Sheheen. According to the recent polling Haley leads the race with 52% of the voters support compared to Sheheen’s 37%. Haley has maintained a steady lead and her favorability has grown over the course of her first term, minus the bumps from the first year in office.
Job growth and improving unemployment numbers have helped to bolster her support across the state. A poll completed by South Carolina’s Winthrop University found Haley’s approval rating among South Carolinians at near 50%. At one point it had been as low as 34.6%, when scandal and what the GOP called missteps had voters questioning the decision to grant her the 4 point win over Democratic contender Sheheen.
While some have condemned her actions on matters such as education, healthcare, and taxes as being big government oriented, others disagree. One group claims Governor Haley is increasing the size of the state’s Medicaid programs but as reported by The Washington Journal, Haley has stated SC will not increase Medicaid.
One other area where Haley has sustained criticism and praise is the issue of education. While many of the Governors detractors point to the increased funding set aside for education as more government intervention, others disagree. Haley has found favor among those who find the Common Core Standards an overreach of the Federal Government. The Governor has publically denounced the program and is working to remove SC from the Common Core.
Although a 50% approval rating may not seem like a roaring success, it is evidence that Haley’s approval has taken off, well…like Haley’s Comet. We shall see if the polls continue to give the Governor the lead and if that will translate into victory at the polls. South Carolina is a Republican State and it will take a momentous effort from any Democrat to claw their way into office.