Nikki Haley trails Donald Trump in South Carolina: Poll

Donald Trump is the clear frontrunner in Nikki Haley’s home state with 58 percent support among likely voters.

Nikki Haley is trailing behind Donald Trump by a large margin in her home state / Instagram/nikkihaley/realdonaldtrump

Nikki Haley is trailing behind frontrunner Donald Trump by a large margin in South Carolina, the state in which she served two terms as Governor.

The latest Monmouth University-Washington Post Poll indicates that at least 58 percent of potential Republican primary voters are currently supporting Trump while 32 percent support Haley. The Republican primary is scheduled to take place in the state on February 24.

As per the poll findings, Trump's performance improved since September of last year when it was found that he enjoyed 46 percent of the votes, while 18 percent supported Haley. 

Speaking of the composition of votes, Trump received majority support from both men (62 percent) and women (54 percent). In terms of age groups, around 62 percent of those aged 18 to 49 voted for Trump, along with 58 percent of those aged 50 to 64, and 57 percent of those aged 65 and above. 

White evangelicals and voters who do not hold a college degree make up a huge chunk of his support group in the state, the poll found.   

Additionally, at least 7 in 10  voters believe that Trump would “definitely or probably” beat Biden in the November 2024 elections. However, if Haley was to be the nominee, 21 percent said she would “definitely” beat Biden and 42 percent said she probably would. 

Haley, on the other hand, has repeatedly pointed out that she has a better chance at beating Biden in a one-on-one match, whereas Trump “barely squeaks by.” Incidentally, people in her home state do not have the same confidence in her.

The poll also points out that Trump outdoes Haley in voter trust over a broad range of issues. The former president has a clear advantage on immigration policy – 62 percent compared to 22 percent, who trust Haley. Trump’s economic policy and foreign policy are respectively favored by 60 percent and 54 percent of South Carolinians, compared to 21 percent and 29 percent in the case of Haley.