Winthrop poll reveals S.C. resident opinions on leaders, gas tax and economy

A Winthrop University poll released last week shows 55 percent of South Carolina residents would be willing to pay 10 cents more per gallon of gasoline to fund infrastructure projects such as repairing roads and bridges, 

The telephone poll surveyed 1,109 residents between Feb. 21 and March 1 on state leadership, the state's economy and the proposed gas tax.

Supporters of the tax say that even if the legislation passes, fuel costs in South Carolina would still be lower than in neighboring Georgia and North Carolina.

The results also showed that more than two-thirds of South Carolina residents feel our nation is headed in the wrong direction, although 51.2 percent said the national economy is improving. Respondents were more positive about the Palmetto State’s performance, with 52 percent saying the state is headed in the right direction and 63 percent saying South Carolina’s economy is improving.

The poll showed that 53.2 percent of South Carolina residents feel Gov. Nikki Haley is doing a good job, with numbers jumping to 56.2 percent among registered voters and 78.4 percent among members of the GOP and Republican Party leaners. Sen. Tim Scott also enjoyed favorable ratings in the poll, with 53.6 percent giving his performance a thumb’s up, including 57.5 percent of registered voters and 71 percent of South Carolina’s GOP supporters.

While South Carolina's senior senator, Republican Lindsey Graham, has an approval rating of 45.5 percent among all poll respondents, 46.5 percent among registered voters and 60.3 percent among GOP members and leaners, nearly six in 10 respondents -- including two-thirds of registered voters -- said he should not run for president in 2016.  

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