Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #14399
McCain Holds Significant Lead In Palmetto State: In an election for President of the United States in South Carolina today, 09/23/08, six weeks from the vote, Republican John McCain defeats Republican Barack Obama by 19 points, 58% to 39%, according to this latest exclusive WCSC-TV poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

McCain takes a majority of votes among men and women, young and old, and in all regions of the state. McCain wins white voters 3:1; Obama wins black voters 10:1. 13% of Democrats cross over to vote for McCain; 5% of Republicans cross over to vote for Obama. Independents break 2:1 for McCain. McCain takes 89% of conservative votes; Obama takes 77% of liberal votes; moderates split evenly.

McCain wins college graduates by 30 points, those who did not attend college by 9 points. McCain wins those with household incomes greater than $50,000 by 34 points; Obama wins low-income households by 5 points.

Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 900 South Carolina adults 09/21/08 through 09/22/08. Of the adults, 817 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 690 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely voters in the 11/04/08 general election. South Carolina has 8 Electoral College votes. George W. Bush carried South Carolina by 17 points in 2004 and by 16 points in 2000.
If the election for President were today, would you vote for ... (choices rotated) Republican John McCain? Or, Democrat Barack Obama?
690 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+AgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyCollege GradAttend Religious ServiceAbortionChange Your MindTop Issue For Next PresidentIncomeRegion
Credibility Interval: ± 3.8 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+< Obama> McCain> In BetWhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalYesNoRegularlOccasionAlmost NPro-lifePro-choiCould ChMind MadEconomyEnvironmHealth CIraqTerrorisSocial SEducatioImmigrat< $50K> $50KUpstateMidlandsLow Coun
McCain (R)58%58%58%50%59%54%71%55%61%56%76%56%74%9%****94%13%61%89%48%21%64%53%62%56%45%77%41%53%60%55%**35%51%91%******47%66%64%53%57%
Obama (D)39%39%40%47%38%43%27%42%36%41%22%41%23%90%****5%86%30%10%49%77%34%44%36%42%51%21%56%38%39%43%**65%45%6%******52%32%32%45%41%
Composition of Adults100%46%54%21%31%28%20%52%48%46%10%44%74%24%1%1%41%35%17%38%34%10%48%52%65%23%13%50%45%10%89%59%2%8%7%10%2%4%5%40%60%31%35%34%
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.