When asked the most important problem facing the country and SC, respondents primarily zeroed-in on the economy, jobs, and the budget, but politicians/government was named frequently enough to come in fourth—by 8.7 percent citing national problems, and 6.8 percent citing statewide problems. Mitt Romney may not have won the S.C. GOP primary, but South Carolinians may believe that it raised Governor Nikki Haley’s national profile. At 11.8 percent, she was the most frequently named as the most nationally famous living South Carolinian.
Winthrop University, "S.C. Residents Share Opinions with Winthrop Poll on Religion, Tourism and the Economy" (2012). Winthrop News 2012. 20.