The Rasmussen South Carolina results are really remarkable when you look at the breakdown by age and ideology. Fred Thompson has 38% support among 30-39 year-olds and 0% among 18-29 voters. There is apparently a deep and yawning chasm separating my age cohort from our Gen X elders that does not allow any pro-Fred Thompson sentiment to cross over. Then again, most people my age and younger may have literally no idea who Fred Thompson is outside of the world of television. Meanwhile, the kids love Ron Paul, who gets 16% of the 18-29 group, which puts him in second behind Huckabee (however, Paul has an overall 4% in S.C.).
Perplexingly, Ron Paul is at 11% among “moderates” but only 3% among conservatives, and Fred Thompson scores best with liberal Republicans at 27%, while Huckabee, who is arguably one of the more liberal Republican canndidates out there, manages only 6% of liberals but gets 29% of conservatives. Equally inexplicably, Huckabee leads among voters who say immigration is the most important issue. From this I have to conclude that these people have no idea what their respective candidates believe about most things.