Rasmussen: DeMint Leads Greene by 42 Points for S.C. Senate

Tuesday, 03 Aug 2010 02:37 PM

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Mystery man Alvin Greene has been the subject of more media coverage this election cycle than most other candidates, but he trails incumbent Republican Jim DeMint by more than 40 points in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate contest.

DeMint earned 62 percent support while Democratic challenger Greene picks up 20 percent in the Rasmussen Reports survey of likely voters. Seven percent like some other candidate, and 10 percent remain undecided, according to the July 29 survey of 500 voters.

Just after Greene’s surprising win in the Democratic primary in June, DeMint posted a similar 58-21 percent lead.

Just over half of South Carolina voters have a very unfavorable opinion of Greene, while just 4 percent view him very favorably. Because of the heavy media coverage of his unorthodox candidacy, Greene is surprisingly well-known for a political newcomer.

DeMint, who is seeking a second six-year term, is viewed very favorably by 35 percent and very unfavorably by 16 percent.

At this juncture, no one expects Greene to beat DeMint, a popular incumbent in a state that trends conservative and Republican. South Carolina is rated solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Indicative of Greene’s problems is the finding that just 46 percent of the state’s Democrats support him. By contrast, 96 percent of the Republicans in the state favor DeMint. Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican 70 to 14 percent.

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

And, for the first time since President Barack Obama took office, voters see his policies as equally to blame with those of President George W. Bush for the country’s economic problems.

The president gets a 40 percent approval rating among South Carolina voters, while 58 percent disapprove of his performance. This is higher disapproval than Obama earns nationally in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll.

Just over 60 percent of voters in South Carolina favor repeal of the new national healthcare law, and 54 percent disagree with the U.S. Justice Department decision to challenge Arizona’s new immigration law in federal court.

Almost 60 percent favor passage of an immigration law like Arizona’s in South Carolina, and 60 percent say children born in this country to illegal immigrants should not become U.S. citizens automatically.

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