Poll: Greene's support steady, still trails DeMint

Alvin Greene

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Support for Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene is holding steady, but Greene is still lagging far behind Sen. Jim DeMint according to a new poll.

The Rasmussen Reports survey shows Greene with 20-percent support, just shy of the 21-percent support he saw right after his primary victory. DeMint's support has increased - now at 62-percent, up from 58-percent in the last poll.

Seven percent of people polled like some other candidate in the race, and 10-percent remain undecided.

The poll says no one expects Greene to beat DeMint, in part due to Greene's unfavorable ratings. Fifty-one-percent of South Carolina voters have a very unfavorable opinion of Greene. DeMint's very unfavorable rating is at 16-percent.

Just 4-percent view Greene very favorably, compared with a very favorable rating of 35-percent for DeMint.

Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning beat out opponent Vic Rawl in a surprising primary win. Greene is an unemployed military veteran who did little in the way of campaigning before the primary.

The survey of 500 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted on July 29 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95-percent level of confidence.

To read the entire survey, click here.

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