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Poll: Trump, Guns, Abortion

From SC's Winthrop University

March 21, 2019 - 3:26 pm

Just how do South Carolinians feel about guns, abortion and President Trump? 

A new poll by Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, shows that residents of our state gave Trump a 42% approval rating, and that approval was 82% among Republicans and those who say they lean Republican.  That’s a few points higher than the national average.  But the President also has a disapproval rating of 49 percent among all those polled.

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Since Senator Lindsay Graham has become closer with Trump, his approval rating among Republicans has risen greatly.  Almost half of state residents approve of Graham. His approval among Republicans is up to 74%, while only 25% of Democrats support Graham.

Bad news for our country and good news for our state.  Nearly 60% of the Winthrop Poll respondents said our country is headed in the wrong direction, while 53% think South Carolina is moving in a positive direction.

On the question of gun ownership, Republicans and Democrats seem to agree.  A large majority say they would support a complete background check before a person can buy a gun, even if it means going past the legislated 3 days rule.  The numbers show 80% of Republicans and 83% of Democrats surveyed in South Carolina would support such legislation.

Meanwhile, on the question of abortion, 73% of people polled believe women should be able to have an abortion in some circumstances – if a woman’s health is threatened, the pregnancy isn’t viable, or if rape caused the pregnancy.  Just over half believe a women should not be able to get an abortion because the pregnancy was unplanned or she believes she’s not ready to care for the child. That number is even higher among those who attend church and among evangelicals. 

Complete details about the poll can be found on Winthrop University's website.

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