Poll: Haley Most Well-Known South Carolinian
60 percent say country headed in wrong direction, most not feeling stressed
The latest Winthrop University poll of South Carolinians showed doubts about the direction of the country and about which Palmetto Staters had the biggest national profile.
The poll, released Wednesday, found that more people (11.8 percent) believed Gov. Nikki Haley to be the most nationally recognized South Carolinian, ahead of Sen. Jim DeMint (5.8 percent) and comedian Stephen Colbert (4.1 percent).
Almost 43 percent of those surveyed said they could not think of anyone or didn't know which South Carolinian had the greatest national profile.
The survey, conducted between Jan. 29 and Feb. 6, focused on South Carolina adults and contained a 3.1 percent margin of error.
Many questions addressed the economy and national politics. The poll showed that 59 percent of those surveyed felt the country was headed in the wrong direction. Only 46 percent felt the same way about South Carolina.
Respondents differed in their views on the national economy, as 45.8 percent thought it was improving and 46.1 percent thought it was getting worse. However, 50 percent of respondents said their personal finances were either in excellent or good shape.
Other results that reflected a struggling economy included 21 percent of respondents who said they worried about not having enough money to buy food at some point during the past 12 months.
But, 58 percent said they had spent at least two nights on vacation during the past year and 64.7 percent said they vacationed outside of South Carolina.
To measure whether Gov. Haley's "Great Day in South Carolina" greeting proved accurate, the poll discovered that 66.4 percent of respondents had not felt stress during the previous day, and 73.7 said they had not worried much during that period.
And despite national awareness of President Barack Obama, almost 30 percent of South Carolinians could not correctly identify his vice president, Joe Biden.
While South Carolina's conservatism continues, only 10 percent of those surveyed said they thought climate change was a hoax, while 72 percent said it was real and that humans contributed somewhat or greatly to it.
South Carolina's religious base, considered the key to the primary, remains strong with 70.8 percent of respondents calling religion "very important" to them and 73 percent saying they prayed at least once a day.