COLUMBIA — Republican Gov. Nikki Haley leads Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen by nine percentage points in their 2014 governor’s race, according to a survey released today from a Republican pollster.
But Haley’s favorability rating stood at 42 percent, according to Harper Polling, which conducted the poll for the blog Conservative Intelligence Briefing.
That’s been her average favorability in three polls taken since December by Winthrop University and Public Policy Polling. She received a 43 percent unfavorability rating.
Sheheen received a 25 percent favorability mark. But nearly half of the 676 likely S.C. voters polled this week said they were not sure how they felt about the Camden attorney.
Haley led Sheheen 48 percent to 39 percent in the election, according to the poll. Another 13 percent were undecided.
A poll conducted for the Democratic Governors Association last week had Haley leading Sheheen 44 percent to 40 percent. But the poll had the race in a statistical tie taking into account the margin of error of plus or minus 3.53 percent.
The margin of error in the Harper poll was plus or minus 3.77 percent. Republicans accounted for 44 percent of the Harper poll with Democrats making up 33 percent
Haley beat Sheheen by 4.5 percentage points in their 2010 race.
Winthrop will release another poll on Wednesday.