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Poll: Haley’s approval jumps among African-Americans, Democrats

Governor Nikki Haley presents the pens she used to sign the bill removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds to Former governors, Jim Hodges and David Beasley.
Governor Nikki Haley presents the pens she used to sign the bill removing the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds to Former governors, Jim Hodges and David Beasley. tglantz@thestate.com

Gov. Nikki Haley won herself some unexpected allies after she called for the Confederate flag’s removal from the State House grounds, according to a new poll.

The Lexington Republican’s approval ratings have stayed steady overall – 53 percent of S.C. voters give her a thumbs up, compared to 51 percent in February. But where Haley is getting her support has shifted.

Haley’s approval ratings among S.C. African-Americans and Democrats have jumped since a February poll, taken four months before a racially motivated shooting in a Charleston church left nine dead and led to the Confederate flag’s removal.

Days after the slayings, Haley came out in support of the flag’s removal, giving a shot in the arm to the movement that wanted to see the banner furled.

“It seems likely her leadership on removing the Confederate flag has caused these shifts,” Public Policy Polling said in a news release.

The Democratic-leaning firm’s survey of 1,115 S.C. voters, taken from Sept. 3-6, found:

▪  39 percent of Democrats said they approved of Haley’s job performance, up from 17 percent in February

▪  44 percent of African-Americans said they approved of Haley’s performance, up from 24 percent

▪  67 percent of Republicans said they approved of Haley’s performance, down from 76 percent

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