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Poll: Haley Approval Rating Underwater

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December 5, 2012

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's approval rating is underwater in a new poll, with 40 percent of registered voters approving of her job performance and 42 percent disapproving.

Haley, who is up for reelection next year, has much better numbers among Republicans -- 62 percent approve of her job performance and 19 percent disapprove. Still, her middling overall number indicates she could face a potential primary challenge as well as a general election one.

President Obama -- who lost the state to Mitt Romney by 10 points -- is also underwater with registered voters, as 43 percent approve and 49 percent disapprove of his job performance.

Potential Haley primary challengers reportedly include Treasurer Curtis Loftis or state Sen. Tom Davis; and Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who faced Haley in the 2010 race, could run again as a general election foe.

Haley has been dealing with a cyber attack that stole informations from millions of people in South Carolina, for which she recently said she took the blame.

The poll was conducted from November 25 - December 2. It surveyed 726 registered voters for a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.6 percentage points.

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