Public Policy Polling (PPP) has been polling Stephen Colbert along with the established Republican primary candidates, indicating that he has the highest national favorability rating (36%), eclipsing even the front runner, Mitt Romney (35%).
While this is astoundingly remarkable, Marist Poll has recently released extensive polling data about Stephen’s prospects in the Palmetto State. The poll was funded by shadowy organization Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.
If Stephen Colbert were to run for president of the United States of South Carolina, almost one in five of South Carolina’s potential Republican primary electorate — 18% — say they are at least kinda somewhat likely to cast their ballot for Colbert. This includes 4% who are very likely, 7% who are somewhat likely, and 7% who are kinda somewhat likely to support Colbert. However, 13% report they are not too likely, and 56% say they are not likely at all to back Colbert. Eight percent don’t know enough about him, and 4% are unsure.
“There’s no doubt Stephen Colbert’s potential run for the presidency of the United States of South Carolina is being noticed,” says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. “Not only do nearly one in five tell us they are kinda somewhat likely to support him, but he fares even better with those who are aware of his efforts.”
Full Article: Marist Poll
Check out the illuminating Marist Poll results in its extensive pdf format here. Make notes, tell your neighbors, etc.
Recent polls like these show that Stephen’s mainstream appeal is increasing. Often it the statement is bandied about by fans and pundits “Stephen should run for president!” “Colbert 2012!” The data presented here not only demonstrate that it is not a matter that he “should,” but rather that he easily could. And perhaps, do remarkably well.