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Election 2008: South Carolina Presidential Election
South Carolina: McCain 54%, Obama 43%

John McCain has expanded his lead over Barack Obama to eleven points in South Carolina. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds McCain leading 54% to 43%.

In September, McCain held a 51% to 45% lead in the state. Back in June, the Republican led 48% to 39%.

McCain leads 56% to 37% among unaffiliated voters in South Carolina. He is also favored 54% to 42% among men and 54% to 44% among women. McCain is overwhelmingly favored by white voters, 70% to 27%, while Obama is dominant among black voters (see full demographic crosstabs).

McCain is viewed favorably by 62% of voters and unfavorably by 38%. Obama’s ratings are 46% favorable, 52% unfavorable.

Nearly half of voters (47%) in South Carolina believe the tone of McCain’s campaign has been generally negative, while 31%% say the same of Obama’s campaign.

Most voters (58%) disagree with the economic rescue plan passed by Congress, though 38% say the plan will most likely help the struggling economy. Twenty-two percent (22%) say it will hurt.

While 53% of voters in South Carolina believe lowering taxes is the best policy given the current economy, 50% say raising taxes on individuals who make over $250,000 would be beneficial. However, 51% of voters are not keen on the idea of raising the capital gains tax.

President Bush earns good or excellent job approval ratings from 38% of voters in South Carolina, while 45% say he is doing a poor job.

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This telephone survey of 500 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on October 20, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

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South Carolina Trends: McCain vs. Obama

Date

McCain

Obama

10/20/2008

54%

43%

51%

45%

48%

39%


Favorable Ratings for Presidential Candidates in South Carolina

 

McCain

Obama

Very Favorable

31%

35%

Somewhat Favorable

31%

11%

Somewhat Unfavorable

19%

16%

Very Unfavorable

19%

36%

Not Sure

0%

2%


Rasmussen Reports - Electoral College Balance of Power Summary

Republicans

160

Democrats

173

Toss-Ups & Leaners

205


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Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.