As the senior senator from South Carolina contemplates a 2016 run for the White House, the March 26-27, 2015 Townhall/Gravis poll of Palmetto State 1,371 voters, 899 registered Republicans and 472 registered Independents found he garners support of 9 percent against the crowded GOP field.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham placed fourth, behind the two front runners, Sen. R. Edward “Ted” Cruz, 13 percent; former Florida governor John E. “Jeb” Bush, 16 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott K. Walker, 17 percent, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based firm that conducted the poll. The poll carries a 3 percent margin of error.
“We asked two questions, one with Graham in the race and one with Graham not in the race,” Kaplan said. “With Graham in the race, his 9 percent pulls from across the field, rather than hurting any one candidate.”
If the South Carolina Republican Primary for President was held today and he candidates were Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Lindsey Graham, whom would you vote for?
With Graham in the race, undecided voters stood at 18 percent and without Graham the undecided stood at 17 percent, he said.
“Just as in other states, where we have been polling, Bush-and-Walker-Walker-and-Bush has separated from the rest of the pack as the leaders,” Kaplan said. “We have been looking for a third candidate to break out and join Bush and Walker, and it could be Cruz. In South Carolina, Cruz polls at 11 percent with Graham out of the race.”
The Republican Primary question was posed twice. The first response includes Lindsey Graham; the second does not.
If the South Carolina Republican Primary for President was held today and the candidates were Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and Ben Carson, whom would you vote for?
Florida Sen. Marco A. Rubio could be the other candidate that breaks out to join the leader pack, he said. “In both polls, Rubio polls at 6 percent.”
Gravis Insights a nonpartisan research firm, conducted a random phone survey of 1,371 registered voters in South Carolina regarding potential matchups. The poll comprised 899 Republicans voters and 472 Independents and has a margin of error of ± 3%. The total may not round to 100% because of rounding. The political poll was conducted March 26, 2015 – March 27, 2015 results are weighted by anticipated voting demographics.
Note: the polls were conducted using the Gravis outbound dialer IVR software and weighted by anticipated voting demographics. A complete reporting of demographics and cross tabulations are available upon request. Please email us.