Poll finds Trump, Biden in statistical dead heat in South Carolina

A new poll finds President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight  Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head David Weil: Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time  Biden's voting rights gamble prompts second-guessing MORE statistically tied in South Carolina, which has not gone for the Democratic nominee in more than 40 years.

The Quinnipiac poll found Trump at 48 percent and Biden at 47 percent among likely voters in South Carolina, down from the president’s 6-point advantage in the same poll from two weeks ago.

The survey from Quinnipiac University also finds Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKyrsten Sinema's courage, Washington hypocrisy, and the politics of rage Hillicon Valley: Amazon's Alabama union fight — take two McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump's attacks MORE (R-S.C.) tied with Democrat Jaime Harrison in a race that could have enormous consequences for which party controls the Senate next year.


"There hasn't been a Democrat elected to the Senate from South Carolina since 1998," said Quinnipiac University pollster Tim Malloy. "Outspent and labeled by critics as an apologist for President Trump, Lindsey Graham is facing the fight of his political life."

Voters are evenly split on Trump’s handling of the economy and the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden is viewed favorably by 49 percent and unfavorably by 46 percent. Trump posts a 48-48 split on favorability.

Trump has a narrow edge on who would do a better job handling the Supreme Court, 50 to 47 percent.

But 49 percent say the winner of the presidential election should get to pick the late Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgFormer colleagues honor Reid in ceremony at Capitol Congressional Progressive Caucus backs measure to expand Supreme Court Buckle up! 2022 is going to be a big one for the Supreme Court MORE’s replacement, compared to 47 percent who say Trump should get to do it now.

In the Senate race, 49 percent want the GOP to be in control of the upper chamber, compared to 44 percent who want Democrats in control.


But 48 percent of likely voters have a favorable view of Harrison, compared to 35 percent who view him negatively. Graham is viewed negatively by 51 percent, with only 43 percent viewing him positively.

Harrison is also viewed as more honest and more empathetic.

The Quinnipiac poll of 1,123 likely voters in South Carolina was conducted Sept. 23-27 and has a 2.9 percentage point margin of error.