Except for Washington, D.C., President Obama noticeably lacking in Gallup poll
President below 50 percent in 37 states
According to a recent Gallup poll, the president has reason to be highly
discouraged. His approval rating for the first half of this year is
down, lower than50 percent in 37 states. Obama only has a 26 percent
rating in Utah to a 49 percent rating in Michigan. Obama is at 50
percent or higher in just 13 states, from a 50 percent rating in
Minnesota to a 63 percent rating in Hawaii. Interestingly, the president
is most popular in Washington D.C., where his job approval rating is a
remarkable 83 percent.
While some may ascribe Obama's rating there solely to his enduring popularity among black voters, it must be noted that Washington is no longer a majority-black city.
The 13 states in which Obama is feebly holding his head over the water are: Illinois 51 percent; Delaware 51 percent and Minnesota 50 percent.
The ten states where Obama's approval is lowest are: Utah 26 percent; Wyoming 28 percent; Alaska 29 percent; West Virginia 31 percent; Idaho 31 percent; Montana 34 percent; Oklahoma 35 percent; Alabama 36 percent; Tennessee 37 percent and North Dakota 37 percent.
States where Obama is only slightly below the 50 percent mark are: Michigan 49 percent; Wisconsin 49 percent; Maine 47 percent; Oregon 47 percent; and Iowa, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania, which are all key electoral states - where Obama is at 46 percent.
"The 50 percent approval mark is significant because post-World War II incumbent presidents who have been above 50 percent job approval on Election Day were easily re-elected," Gallup writes.
"Presidents with approval ratings below 50 percent have more uncertain re-election prospects. Historically, two presidents below 50 percent in their final approval rating before the election - George W. Bush and Harry Truman - won, and three, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W. Bush, lost."
The District of Columbia and the states in which Obama is at 50 percent or above have a combined 188 electoral votes, which is a good start towards the 270 he needs for re-election. Some of the states Obama will need to win - Ohio, at 44 percent, and Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, all at 46 percent are in the mid-40s range.
Obama's total of 13 states in positive job approval territory is actually a slight improvement from 2011, where he was above water in just ten states.
While some may ascribe Obama's rating there solely to his enduring popularity among black voters, it must be noted that Washington is no longer a majority-black city, where the black population dipped below 50 percent last year. Obama is popular with nearly everyone in the capital.
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