Columbia, S.C. – Democratic candidate Jaime Harrison trails Sen. Lindsey Graham by only two points in the U.S. Senate race in South Carolina. The poll also finds 53% of South Carolinians have an unfavorable opinion of Sen. Graham even while President Trump enjoys a 51% favorability rating. Among Independents, Lindsey Graham has a 60% unfavorability rating.
“Our campaign’s momentum is growing, and this new poll proves it,” Guy King, spokesperson said. “The people of the Palmetto State see that Jaime is leading a historic movement South Carolina has never seen before. As Lindsey Graham continues to place Washington politics over the very people he’s elected to represent, Jaime is fighting to bring back hope into the lives of millions of South Carolinians statewide.”
The poll was released by The Post and Courier and administered by Change Research.
According to the poll:
- “Senator Lindsey Graham’s favorability is exceptionally low among Independent voters and in hypothetical general election match-ups. He looks extremely vulnerable against Democratic contender Jaime Harrison.”
- “While South Carolina does not support impeaching President Trump, a majority of voters would like Senator Graham to approach the impeachment inquiry with an open mind, rather than leap to the president’s defense before hearing evidence.”
More information on the poll below.
Senator Lindsey Graham has a low favorability rating among likely South Carolina general election voters, with 38% of respondents viewing him very or somewhat favorably, and 53% of respondents viewing him very or somewhat unfavorably. 7% of respondents were neutral and 2% of respondents had never heard of him. In particular, Senator Graham fares poorly among Independents, with 60% of Independents viewing him very or somewhat unfavorably and only 28% viewing him very or somewhat favorably. 9% were neutral and 3% had never heard of him.
President Trump has higher favorability numbers than Senator Graham. 51% of likely South Carolina general election voters view President Trump very or somewhat favorably, while 46% of respondents view him very or somewhat unfavorably. 2% of respondents were neutral and 0% of respondents had never heard of him. Among Independents, 51% view him very or somewhat unfavorably and 41% view him very or somewhat favorably. 7% were neutral and 1% had never heard of him.
Senator Graham also does poorly in a generic match-up. 38% of likely general election voters say they will definitely or probably vote for Senator Graham, 53% of respondents say they will definitely or probably vote for someone else, and 10% are not sure.
In comparison, 54% of respondents say they will definitely or probably vote for President Trump, 43% of respondents say they will definitely or probably vote for the Democratic candidate, and 3% say they will vote for a third party candidate.
Finally, Senator Graham leads the Democratic candidate for US Senate, Jamie Harrison, by just 2 points. 47% of likely general voters saying they will vote for Graham, 45% saying they will vote for Harrison, and 9% of voters are still undecided
You can find the full poll HERE.