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SC Poll: DeMint Safe, For Now

Without a significant challenger, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) looks to be safe as he seeks a second term in 2010. But there are some warning signs in a new Public Policy Polling (D) survey (570 RVs, 12/3-6, MoE +/- 4.1%).

In a hypothetical mathchup, DeMint gets 47 percent of the vote, compared with 38 percent for a generic Democrat, with 16 percent undecided. DeMint's approval rating is also under 50 percent -- with 44 percent approving and 29 percent disapproving. President Obama actually has a slightly higher approval rating with 46 percent, but 49 percent disapprove of his job performance.

If there is a challenge to be made, a Democrat could run on the notion that DeMint is giving his constituents short shrift. Forty-one percent of those surveyed agreed with the notion that DeMint is more focused on "being a national leader in the conservative movement," while 29 percent thought he's advocating for South Carolina. DeMint recently said he wished he'd shouted "You Lie!" at Obama, as his Congressional colleague did. And Democrats also seized on a quote from DeMint, saying, "Every vote I take is not about South Carolina. It's about the United States of America."

In the Palmetto State, 35 percent say they support the health care bill while 53 percent oppose it.

UPDATE: Rasmussen also has some numbers in South Carolina today, in a survey of 500 likely voters. In South Carolina, voters said the Republican Party should be more like DeMint than his Republican colleague, Lindsay Graham, by a 38-32 percent margin.

DeMint's favorable rating in this survey is 63 percent, while 25 percent have an unfavorable view. That number is certainly in the range where incumbents can be considered safe.