I'd be interested in seeing some other polling soon. PPP showed the race in a statistical tie late last month:The poll of likely voters commissioned by The Post and Courier and three television stations shows that in a matchup with Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Haley leads Sheheen by four percentage points - within the poll's 4 percent margin of error. Haley led overall with 46 percent support of those polled among the 650 likely voters surveyed.
In the matchup, Sheheen garnered 42 percent, independent Tom Ervin 3 percent and Libertarian Steve French 2 percent. Six percent of voters polled were undecided about the race, which features a 2010 rematch of Haley and Sheheen.
In a separate question posed to 1,000 potential voters, Haley would have a double-digit lead over Sheheen if he were the only other candidate in the race, with the incumbent leading 53 percent to Sheheen's 40 percent in their head-to-head race.
The poll underscores the role that third-party challengers Ervin and French could play in the race, said pollster Jim Lee, president of Pennsylvania-based Susquehanna Polling and Research, which conducted the survey.
"It has the potential to be really close," Lee said of the race.
But Lee said a deeper dive into the numbers suggests a difficult road for Sheheen, a state senator from Camden. Those polled ranked health care and job creation as the state's top issues, with education not far behind.
Still, the close margin despite a wide gulf in fundraising should give Sheheen's supporters much to cheer about, experts said. The poll shows that Republicans generally approve of Haley's leadership and Democrats do not. In all, 48 percent of those polled approved of Haley's job performance, while 41 percent disapproved. Eleven percent of voters were undecided on that question. - Palmetto Post and Courier, 7/22/14
The PPP poll showed voters disapprove of Haley rejecting the Medicaid Expansion whereas Shaheen has been a vocal supporter. That could play well for Shaheen. In the mean time, click here if you want to donate and get involved with Shaheen's campaign: