Poll: Perry favorited by likely SC GOP voters

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- New political results are out for the latest poll in South Carolina.

The Winthrop Poll, released Tuesday, shows Texas Gov. Rick Perry leading the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary in the Palmetto State with over 30 percent of the vote. Perry is followed by Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney of those polled who plan to vote for a Republican candidate.

The results also show Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann losing steam and Georgia businessman Herman Cain slowing picking up momentum. Eleven percent still say they're unsure.

When it comes to the Tea Party, 67 percent of those polled say they are not part of the movement. However, almost 75 percent of them say they agree with its principles.

Other focuses of the poll include approval ratings of Congress, the President and South Carolina's governor.

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Of likely voters from all parties asked, 83 percent disapprove of Congress' job. Fifty-percent approve of Obama's performance and almost 70 percent of Republican voters approve of Gov. Nikki Haley's job performance. Twenty-three percent say she has failed to meet their expectations since taking office earlier this year.

"The only poll I watch is how many people we're getting back to work," Haley said Tuesday in response. "The unemployment number is a poll for me. That's how I guage in terms of how we're doing; that's what I care about. A popularity contest is great, but at the end of the day its about getting people back to work."

The U.S. economic situation remains the biggest problem facing the country. A majority of all voters polled place the economy and jobs as the top priority in the US. Budget deficit and debt followed.

Other points worth mentioning include 36 percent of GOP voters say President Obama was most likely born in another country, and nearly 30 percent say he's a Muslim.

The poll interviewed over 1,500 registered voters in the state between September 11-18. Officials say the poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.49% at the 95% confidence level.

Click here to see more detailed results released in the Winthrop Poll.

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