Obama At 47 Percent In Mississippi?
According to an annual Gallup poll from 2010, Barack Obama has a fairly solid 47 percent approval rating in Mississippi. A year ago that number was actually at 52 percent. The only other statewide Mississippi polling we have seen on Obama was from Rasmussen last summer and it gave Obama a 37/60 approval to disapproval rating. According to independent polling from the First District last fall, Obama had a 35/63 rating in the district (which is slightly more Republican than the state as a whole). Two years ago, Obama won about 43 percent of the vote in what has to be about the highest numbers you can expect for a Democrat in the state.
Gallup, though, was all over the place. Mississippi, interestingly, gave Obama his highest approval from states he did not win and even had a higher rating than states Obama carried including Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Colorado, and New Hampshire. So is Obama going to write off New Hampshire or Colorado and campaign in Mississippi? Not likely on any fronts.
As far as neighboring states go, Obama is at 39 in Arkansas, 41 in Tennessee and Alabama, and 43 in Louisiana.