New poll shows Trump still on top in South Carolina – CNN International
“Trump leads across multiple categories of voters from a high of 35% among those who wish to create a database of Muslims in the U.S. to a low of 22% among evangelical Christians, who will make up nearly 60% of the S.C. GOP presidential primary electorate,” said Scott Huffmon, Winthrop University polling director, in a press release accompanying the results.
Cruz and Carson, who are widely viewed as the top contenders vying for the evangelical vote, are viewed less favorably than Trump among those voters in the Palmetto State. They are tied at 17% of the vote, while Trump gets 22% of evangelical support.
Trump lags the field when it comes to overall favorability — 49% have favorable views of Trump compared to about 75% for Carson, 59% for Cruz, 58% for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Within state government, Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott have glowing approval ratings: 81% and 76% respectively. Graham, who was re-elected in 2014 with 55% of the vote, has a 53% approval rating.