South Carolina poll, Sept. 3-6, 2015, Public Policy Polling, GOP presidential primary
Donald Trump 37%
Ben Carson 21%
Jeb Bush 6%
Ted Cruz 6%
"Trump’s popularity is higher in South Carolina than in any other state that Public Policy has polled and spans ideological camps within the GOP, Jensen said."
9/8/15, "EXCLUSIVE: SC GOP voters prefer Trump, Carson; most say Graham should drop out," The State, Jamie Self, Columbia, SC
"A Public Policy Polling survey found Donald Trump would win 37 percent of the vote from S.C. Republicans and Ben Carson would pick up 21 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field of 17 candidates was struggling in the single digits....
When asked about the state’s own “favorite son,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, nearly four out of five S.C. GOP primary voters said the Seneca Republican should drop out of the presidential race....
Among S.C. Democrats, Hillary Clinton remains the top choice-at 54 percent-though Vice President Joe Biden has gained on the former secretary of state amid speculation he may enter the race.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 764 Republican and 302 Democratic primary voters in South Carolina from Sept. 3-6. The margins of error are plus or minus 3.6 percent for the GOP poll and 5.6 percent for the Democratic survey.
Trump’s popularity is higher in South Carolina than in any other state that Public Policy has polled and spans ideological camps within the GOP, Jensen said.
But the polls now likely do not reflect how voters will cast their ballots in the state’s Feb. 20 GOP primary, Jensen said.
At 80 percent, opposition to Graham’s presidential ambitions has increased, Public Policy found. In March, 57 percent of S.C. Republicans said Graham should not run for president in a Winthrop Poll....
The Graham campaign declined to comment Tuesday on the poll. Graham has said he hopes to do well in New Hampshire and South Carolina, paying his $40,000 filing fee last week to be on his home state’s primary ballot.
On the Democratic side, 24 percent of S.C. Democratic primary voters said they would vote for Biden for president. That is up from the 18 percent in a February Public Policy poll.
Nine percent of S.C. Democratic primary voters said they would pick U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, as their nominee in last weekend’s survey – consistent with polls this summer."...