Released on April 22, the report from Public Policy Polling says the Democratic candidate has a nine-point lead over Republican Mark Sanford.
This marks improvement for Colbert Busch in comparison to the same company’s poll from four weeks ago, when she only led Sanford by two (47 to 45).
Recent negative news may be partially responsible for Sanford’s four-point drop in support. A slight majority (51 percent) say learning of his violation of divorce settlement terms made them doubt his suitability for public office.
Colbert Busch’s reputation has improved independently, as well; 56 percent of respondents noted positive regard for her in the most recent poll, versus only 45 in last month’s.
This gain apparently comes from voters who were unsure of their opinion in March, as Colbert-Busch’s unfavorable rating from 31 percent of respondents remains unchanged.
Green Party candidate Eugene Platt scored low in the poll, but could have been lower were it not for Sanford’s reputation.
Scoring three percent overall, he was selected by four percent of respondents who identified themselves as Republicans and seven percent of conservatives, who apparently grant Platt their support only as rejection of Sanford.
Part of his decline is not the sole fault of Sanford, though, Public Policy Polling notes.
In its release of the recent poll data, the company offers “it’s interesting to note that there is some backlash against Republicans over last week’s vote on background checks.”
Eighty-six percent of the poll’s respondents said they favor required background checks on persons who buy guns at gun shows, and 72 percent stated strong favorability.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate recently voted against a bill that would have enforced such background checks, however.
“Forty-five percent of voters say the GOP’s opposition to (background checks) makes it less likely they’ll support the party in the next election,” Public Policy found.
The survey was conducted April 19-21, and has margin of error of 3.5 percent.