Mystery man Alvin Greene has been the subject of more media coverage this election cycle than any other political candidate, but right now he trails incumbent Republican Jim DeMint by over 40 points in South Carolina’s U.S. Senate contest.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely South Carolina Voters finds DeMint earning 62% support, while Greene, his Democratic challenger, picks up 20% of the vote. Seven percent (7%) like some other candidate in the race, and 10% remain undecided.
Just after Greene’s surprising win in the South Carolina Democratic Primary in June, DeMint posted a similar 58% to 21% lead.
Fifty-one percent (51%) of South Carolina voters have a Very Unfavorable opinion of Greene, while just four percent (4%) view him Very Favorably. Because of the heavy media coverage of his unorthodox candidacy, Greene is surprisingly well-known for a political newcomer.
DeMint, who is seeking a second six-year term, is viewed Very Favorably by 35% and Very Unfavorably by 16%.
At this juncture, no one expects Greene to beat DeMint, a popular incumbent in a state that trends conservative and Republican. South Carolina is rated Solid GOP in the Rasmussen Reports Senate Balance of Power rankings.
Indicative of Greene’s problems is the finding that just 46% of South Carolina Democrats now support him. By contrast, 96% of Republicans in the state favor DeMint. Voters not affiliated with either major party prefer the Republican by a whopping 70% to 14% margin.
Even African-American voters have questions about Greene, who is black. Just 51% of black voters support Greene, with 32% more undecided. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of whites support DeMint.
The survey of 500 Likely Voters in South Carolina was conducted on July 29, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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