60 percent of South Carolinians want Sanford to resign

A poll by SurveyUSA of 500 adults — not voters — in South Carolina indicates that 60 percent of the state’s residents think Gov. Mark Sanford should resign.

His former press secretary thinks so, too. “No man is bigger than a movement, and as much as it pains me to say it the best thing Mark Sanford can do for the reform movement in South Carolina right now is to step down,” Will Folks wrote on his bog, FITS.

The poll in question was sponsored by WCSC-TV of Charleston. Margin of error is 4.4 percent. Slightly two-thirds said he didn’t “have the right” to take a vacation without informing the public of his absence.

Even more, 77 percent, said Sanford had no right to disappear without informing his staff.

The poll shows the grip that Sanford’s disappearance has had on the state since word leaked out that he hadn’t been at work for several days. Two-thirds said they watched or listened to the governor’s press conference in the state capitol, in which he confessed to an adulterous affair with a woman in Argentina.

And 82 percent said the incident would hurt, if not end, Sanford’s political career.

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9 comments Add your comment

Jim Callihan

June 25th, 2009
1:29 pm

NINETY PERCENT of Americans opposed the “bailout” of last year. What’s your point? Combining the “going in the wrong direction” with the “very concerned” percentages of Americans polled – regarding the federal government since the inauguration – MAKE NEARLY 75% OF THE NATION!!!

Again…what’s your point?

Road Scholar

June 25th, 2009
1:52 pm

Maybe 90% in your mind!

Jim Callihan

June 25th, 2009
2:03 pm

Let me clarify. “Of calls, letters and emails to Congress, 90-95% are in opposition”. However, in “public opinion polls”, the percentages were “57% against, 30% for, with the rest undecided or no opinion.” Again…WHAT’S THE POINT???


June 25th, 2009
2:28 pm

I wonder how many Georgians would want Purdue to resign if they were asked? (Nothing against the Gov. Just making the point that the poll is meaningless.)


June 25th, 2009
2:53 pm

Well, the guy did use public money for private purposes.

But I’m betting the South Carolinians are WAY more upset about the adultery… as if that mattered!


June 25th, 2009
4:22 pm

I don’t think being a “HO” would prevent the man from doing his job. After all he is just a “HO” that got caught.

Jim Callihan

June 25th, 2009
4:45 pm

Here is what SHOULD BE mattering above all else:

And why the “???” uses all means necessary to attack, set up, assail, discredit…you get the idea, ANYONE going after this machine. Think “pimp” & “product”. The “pimp” could care less what “party” you belong to, but don’t mess with his “enterprise”.

Look what happened to Eliot Spitzer when he went after Bush’s Treasury Dept & Wall Street corruption (derivatives scam, joined in suit by all 50 AG’s)…Ronald Reagan, JFK took bullets over it, as did many others since the “moneychangers” received their charters.

Prude or reprobate? The money machine doesn’t care…follow the money.


June 25th, 2009
5:58 pm

Tonto say Gov got caught with stinky finger. Tonto Gov need to wash hands.


July 1st, 2009
3:45 pm

Ninety per cent of hard-core Republicans were against the bail out, however many other Americans supported it.