Marist Poll Shows High Favorability for Colbert Among S.C. Primary Voters

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.

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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.

  • Kris

    The poll results are very encouraging. While the statistician in me can see some possible biases effecting the results, it really does seem like the poll was conducted well and got fairly accurate results. Jon’s been doing some pretty sweet things with the PAC. I enjoy the thought of him running Stephen’s campaign in the background. It’s just as it should be.

  • somuch2kno

    I’m really curious to see how the numbers are shaking out today in South Carolina. Some exit polls aren’t even listing Cain, so I wonder if there will be any real reporting on that angle.

    • karenatasha

      If he does well, they really HAVE to report on it. They won’t ignore it.

      But I wonder if people are admitting it in exit polls.

    • W&M_NU

      Depending on how you look at it, Stephen Colbert/Herman Cain did quite well. It appears Cain came in 5th with just over 1% of the vote. Ahead of Rick Perry. That’s something :)

  • CN Helper

    I guess Gingrich totally called it in his bombastic May 2011 press release (try to imagine John Lithgow’s voice): “…and then…emerged…Gingrich.”

    • AgentNutmeg

      Compared to the population of the state, listed as 4,625,364, only 596,008 people voted with 99% reporting. That’s only 13% of the population!! What happened to all the young people? [I got these figures from the Guardian.]

      I hope Stephen still tries to get on the ballot in other states…

      • AgentNutmeg

        Whoopsies i missed 4413 votes from other candidates … here are better numbers:

        Total votes with 99% reporting: 600,421

        The votes as percentage of total population is still 13% though.

        • CN Helper

          Technically a 5th place finish, not bad!