Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #15506
 
Based on what you know, should Governor Mark Sanford remain in office? Or resign?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.4%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Remain In Office34%39%30%28%25%42%50%27%46%42%12%****47%21%35%40%32%32%45%27%33%
Resign60%56%64%65%72%54%42%68%49%53%81%****48%74%61%55%64%67%49%68%62%
Not Sure5%4%6%8%2%4%7%5%5%5%6%****5%5%5%5%4%2%7%5%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
2Did the governor have the right? Or not have the right? To take a vacation without informing the public of his absence?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Had The Right29%34%25%27%33%31%26%30%29%37%13%****36%18%35%31%29%32%31%30%27%
Did Not Have The Right63%55%70%64%62%66%58%63%62%56%79%****54%75%60%54%68%65%62%63%63%
Not Sure8%11%5%10%5%3%16%7%9%6%8%****10%7%5%14%3%3%7%7%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
3Did the governor have the right? Or not have the right? To take a vacation without informing his staff of his location?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.8%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Had The Right16%21%12%16%15%18%18%16%18%21%8%****18%12%23%16%18%15%24%15%12%
Did Not Have The Right77%70%84%74%83%79%71%78%76%73%89%****73%83%74%76%77%82%71%83%77%
Not Sure6%10%4%10%3%3%11%6%7%6%3%****9%5%3%8%5%2%6%3%11%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
4Should the governor be allowed to travel without a security detail? Or should a security detail be required to accompany the governor on all trips?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Travel Without a Security Detail45%52%39%33%55%52%40%43%47%52%31%****44%40%55%44%47%44%43%45%46%
Should Be Required To Accompany45%38%52%52%42%41%43%47%42%40%60%****44%52%41%41%45%54%47%47%42%
Not Sure10%11%9%15%3%7%17%9%11%8%9%****13%9%5%14%8%2%10%8%12%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
5Would you support? Or would you oppose? A state law that would require the governor to have security coverage?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Support44%43%45%53%37%40%48%45%43%39%52%****42%51%41%42%42%52%41%45%47%
Oppose43%49%37%29%53%49%42%41%46%48%34%****40%41%49%44%45%43%43%42%44%
Not Sure13%8%17%17%11%11%10%14%10%13%14%****18%8%10%15%13%5%16%13%9%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
6Would you support? Or would you oppose? Changing the state constitution to more clearly define what happens when the governor is temporarily absent from the state?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.1%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Support70%68%73%75%70%68%65%73%66%73%70%****68%73%72%75%68%71%70%75%65%
Oppose21%26%17%14%21%24%28%17%26%19%19%****22%17%25%21%26%10%21%15%26%
Not Sure9%7%11%11%8%8%7%10%8%8%11%****10%10%3%5%6%18%9%10%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
7In the long run, will the events surrounding the governor's trip end his political career? Hurt his political career? Or have no long-term effect at all?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
End Career37%37%38%37%39%39%34%38%37%35%45%****29%44%45%34%40%43%34%40%38%
Hurt Career45%38%51%43%49%44%40%46%42%46%43%****47%44%40%50%44%32%44%44%45%
No Long-term Effect15%22%8%15%11%14%24%13%18%16%9%****20%9%15%12%15%23%16%13%16%
Not Sure3%3%3%5%2%3%2%3%2%3%3%****4%3%0%4%1%2%6%3%1%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
8Did you see or hear any coverage of Governor Sanford's press conference today?
500 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 4.3%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Yes65%61%70%54%70%73%69%61%71%66%69%****62%71%64%70%59%67%66%71%59%
No34%39%30%46%30%27%31%38%28%33%31%****38%29%36%30%41%32%34%29%40%
Not Sure0%0%0%0%0%1%0%0%1%0%0%****0%1%0%0%0%1%0%0%0%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%30%29%23%17%59%41%69%27%2%2%40%36%21%38%38%16%30%35%36%
 
 
9Did Governor Sanford say too much? Does he need to say more? Or did he say he right amount?
326 Who Saw or Heard ConferenceAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyRegion
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 5.5%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
Too Much22%19%24%31%19%18%21%24%19%23%20%****24%21%19%29%20%14%23%21%22%
Needs To Say More36%33%39%38%42%30%33%40%31%26%61%****27%49%32%31%38%47%26%46%34%
Said The Right Amount36%44%30%28%33%44%41%30%43%44%16%****43%26%42%36%36%33%47%26%37%
Not Sure6%4%8%4%6%8%5%5%7%7%4%****6%4%7%4%6%6%4%8%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Who Saw or Heard Conference100%44%56%25%31%26%18%56%44%70%29%1%1%38%39%20%41%35%16%30%38%32%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.