92
      Tuesday
      100 / 78
      Wednesday
      98 / 78
      Thursday
      98 / 78

      Gov. Haley's approval rating plummets

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Less than a year after taking office Governor Nikki Haley's approval rating is plummeting, even among members of the own political party.

      A new Winthrop University poll shows only 34.6 percent of those surveyed approve of Gov. Haley's job performance. Winthrop pollsters surveyed 1,073 registered South Carolina voters between November 27-December 4. Even more, 43 percent say they disapprove of the way Haley is performing.

      In September, a Winthrop poll showed 69.3 percent of voters surveyed approved of the job Haley was doing.

      "It just shows that you can't fool all the people all the time," said Dick Harpootlian, chairman of the S.C. Democratic Party. "She has done a terrible job because she's not focused on improving the state. She's focused on improving her personal position. She's out fundraising for her next campaign."

      State Democrats, like Harpootlian, have hammered Haley on issues like transparency, education and the economy. But, the Winthrop poll indicates Gov. Haley is also losing support among Republicans. Slightly more than half of the Republicans surveyed, 52.5 percent, say they approve of Haley's job performance.

      Political analysts say the national Tea Party favorite who made history by being elected South Carolina's first female and minority governor is a casualty of the economy. Though it has inched downward in recent months, South Carolina continues to have one of the highest jobless rates in the country.

      "I think as she came into office people were hoping she'd jumpstart the economy," said Dr. Bob Oldendick, a USC political scientist. "And we really haven't seen a great dip in the unemployment rate. There's a natural erosion."

      On Monday, Haley's office released an online video entitled "2011: The Year Jobs Began Coming Back to S.C." The video details Gov. Haley TMs jobs and investment recruitment since taking office last January. The video says more than 19,000 jobs and more than $3.5 billion of investment have been announced since January. Critics have argued many of those jobs are at least a year away at a time when the state needs them now.

      In response to the recent poll numbers, the Haley administration stood on the merits of its economic record.

      "Governor Haley is focused on adding to the 19,000 new jobs announced this year, fighting and winning for great South Carolina employers like Boeing, and keeping state spending down to responsible levels - poll numbers don't enter into any of that," said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey.

      What do you think of Gov. Haley's job performance after less than a year in office? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

      The video details Gov. Haley TMs jobs and investment recruitment since taking office last January. The video says more than 19,000 jobs and more than $3.5 billion of investment have been announced since January. Critics have argued many of those jobs are at least a year away at a time when the state needs them now.

      In response to the recent poll numbers, the Haley administration stood on the merits of its economic record.

      "Governor Haley is focused on adding to the 19,000 new jobs announced this year, fighting and winning for great South Carolina employers like Boeing, and keeping state spending down to responsible levels - poll numbers don't enter into any of that," said Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey.

      What do you think of Gov. Haley's job performance after less than a year in office? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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