Politics & Government

Most in South Carolina GOP think Obama a socialist

Barack Obama, president of the United States. And a socialist.

That is the view of 78 percent of S.C. Republicans or GOP-leaning independents, according to the Winthrop Poll.

Overall, Obama does not fare well in the Winthrop Poll. That is not surprising in South Carolina, a strongly Republican state that Obama, a Democrat, lost in the 2008 presidential election.

Only 43.4 percent of all those polled — Democrats, Republicans and independents — said they approve of the job the first-term president is doing, compared to more than 47 percent who said they disapprove.

Among self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents, Obama fares even worse in questions asked exclusively for The State by Winthrop.

Those questions found:

  • More than 40 percent say Obama was probably or definitely born in another country, making him ineligible to be president, in most cases.
  • A quarter say he is a Muslim; only a third agree that he is a Christian, the faith Obama professes.
  • In other questions, big majorities of S.C. Republicans and GOP-leaning independents agree Obama is intelligent — more than three-quarters. But more than 60 percent see him as uncaring and more than 70 percent as dishonest.

    Then, there is the socialist tag.

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