Colbert in South Carolina
by Tom Jensen, Public Policy Polling
January 10, 2012
Colbert’s key… (will be) to draw out Democratic voters in the state’s open primary. 34% of Democrats planning to vote in the Republican contest support him to 15% for Romney, 13% for Gingrich, and 10% for Santorum. … (Will) enough Democrats… (go) out to vote for him to put him in the top tier of Republican candidates? My guess is if he’d really put some effort into it he (can win) 10-15% of the vote and (nab) himself a 4th place finish there.
While Colbert’s prospects for actually winning in South Carolina may (be) limited, he would have found support on his proposed referendum. Just 33% of likely voters think that ‘corporations are people’ compared to 67% who think that ‘only people are people.’ Supporters of every Republican candidate believe that ‘only people are people,’ even 66% of Mitt Romney’s whose comments inspired this debate in the first place.