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.
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“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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