She took an office left by a publicly-ridiculed predecessor, which left the doors wide open for Haley to quickly gather positive approval from voters, if only in comparison to the philandering Mark Sanford.
Those doors only slammed in Haley’s face, though. Her first weeks in the governor’s mansion only lead to the doghouse.
A recent Public Policy Polling survey, conducted less than three weeks after Haley’s first day on the job, found South Carolina voters to have higher approval of ex-governor Sanford (39 percent) than the new governor (36 percent).
And if she’d like to continue that role into a second term, Haley might try correcting her poor start as soon as possible. According to the same poll, 55 percent of respondents state they would “definitely not” vote for Sanford again, indicating that re-election of lower-approved Haley could be a steep hill to climb.
Forty percent of respondents remain unsure about Haley, according to the survey, which – interestingly enough – also found that female Carolinians approve of her even less (only 33 percent in comparison to 39 percent of male respondents). Haley is the first female governor of South Carolina.