Nearly two-thirds of South Dakotans say Governor Kristi Noem damaged her credibility during her new book rollout. Nearly half say they have an unfavorable view of the second-term Republican.

That’s according to a scientific poll of 500 registered voters co-sponsored by South Dakota News Watch.

The poll also addressed Noem’s bid to become former President Donald Trump’s vice-presidential nominee in 2024. Nearly 60% of South Dakotans saying she should not be chosen, including 55% of Republicans.

The governor’s favorability based on personal popularity was 39%, down 13 points from a similar poll conducted in October 2020.

Forty-eight-percent say they have an unfavorable opinion of Noem, which is double the number from 2020.

Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy conducted the random survey May 10-13, several days after the governor cut short her book publicity tour and returned to South Dakota.


May 21, 2024