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South Carolina Poll: 60 Percent Want Sanford to Resign, 28-Point Gap Between Blacks and Whites

June 25, 2009 | Last updated: July 31, 2020

SurveyUSA has the results of an ugly round of South Carolina polling:

Based on what you know, should Gov. Mark Sanford remain in office?

Remain in office – 34 percent

Resign -** 60 percent**

Not sure – 5 percent

Strikingly, the gap between white and black opinion is larger than the gap between female and male opinion. Fifty-six percent of all men want Sanford to resign, compared to 64 percent of all women. But only 53 percent of whites want Sanford to quit, compared to an incredible 81 percent of black South Carolinians.

I think this underscores just how controversial Sanford’s anti-stimulus politicking had become in his state even as it was transforming him into a national conservative hero. Twenty-nine percent of South Carolinians are black, slightly more than the 27 percent sample they made up in this poll. And in February, after Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) called Sanford’s antics “a slap in the face to black Americans,” Sanford pushed back and a lot of conservatives defended him.

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