Conducted Dec. 7-9 by Public Policy Polling, the Comedy Central network star and South Carolina native was selected by 20 percent, a plurality in the field of nine names mentioned.
The registered voter respondents were asked to choose between Colbert, Rep. Jeff Duncan, Rep. Trey Gowdy, former state Attorney Gen. Henry McMaster, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Rep. Tim Scott, Rep. Joe Wilson, former Gov. Mark Sanford, and Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny Sanford.
Eleven percent chose “someone else/not sure.”
Colbert might have done better if respondents were more familiar with him, it seems. A separate question asking for personal opinions of the comedian found that 30 percent regard him favorably and 32 percent unfavorably, while a plurality of 38 percent simply don’t know him.
When the 520 respondents are broken down demographically, Colbert’s reception scored highest from Democrats and independents/third party members, voters who chose Obama in the recent presidential election, and respondents who identify themselves as liberal/very liberal.
More women than men supported Colbert assuming the senate seat, as did a majority of those of non-white, non-black ethnicity.
When Colbert is removed from the listing, PPP respondents next chose Jenny Sanford, who stated she was recently contacted by Gov. Haley’s office as one potential candidate.
“If asked, I’d seriously consider accepting the offer,” Sanford said.
When her name joins Colbert’s in removal from the listing, Scott is selected by 19 percent of respondents, followed by McMaster (17 percent) and Gowdy (15). A plurality of 28 percent was left undecided when choosing from that pool of candidates, however.
In Examiner’s poll, Scott led with 23.8 percent. Colbert was tied for third with state Sen. Tom Davis and Gov. Haley, each with 14 percent, and even though Colbert wasn’t specified in the listing.
Joining Colbert in write-ins for the Examiner poll was Linda Ketner, the 2008 Democratic candidate for the 1st congressional district, who was added by 4.8 percent of respondents.
Haley has narrowed down her listing of potential senate replacements to Jenny Sanford, Scott, Gowdy, McMaster, and Catherine Templeton, director of the state Dept. of Health and Environmental Control, according to CNN.
Templeton was selected by 9.5 percent of Examiner’s poll respondents, but wasn’t included in the PPP poll.
On Dec. 6, DeMint announced he’d resign in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation.