Winthrop University conducted polling in South Carolina and 10 other Southern states to gauge voter attitudes.
The survey was conducted Oct. 24-Nov. 7 by telephone.
Poll respondents are 18 and older from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
There were 866 respondents, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. Subsets of the sample have a higher margin of error.
Data are weighted by state population, race, age and sex.
Telephone numbers for both wireless phone customers and those who maintain land lines were called by the surveyors.
Phone calls were made during weekday evenings, all day Saturdays, and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Weekday daytime calls are not made to avoid oversampling those who are more likely to be at home during the day, such as retirees and stay-at-home-moms.
The Winthrop poll is a long-term survey initiative designed to keep public policymakers across the country in touch with the attitudes and opinions of Southern residents.