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Respectable Numbers For Obama Again

August 8, 2011

As we have tracked at least three other times, Gallup again shows state-by-state approvals of the president with Obama doing better than you’d expect in Mississippi. This time around they give Obama a 45/47 approval rating in the Magnolia State. The last polling we had seen on the president had him at 42/ 54; that was from Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm.

At the end of 2009, Gallup gave Obama a 52 percent approval rating in Mississippi. A year ago he had a 47/42 approval rating, which is the same rating they gave him at the end of 2010.

Here’s the thing that gets me about Gallup: they are showing sharp declines in virtually every state, save for Mississippi, so it isn’t like they are friendly across the board. I would attribute most of Obama’s relatively friendly standing to the large black voter base in the state. Obama’s ratings in key battlegrounds have dipped because of the white vote. He never had the white vote to lose in Mississippi, and the black vote hasn’t gone down like the rest of the population. I believe Georgia is the only other state showing an increase for Obama from ’08.

Wondering what state Obama is also at 45 percent in? Ohio, the quintessential battleground. Mississippi is also ahead of these ’08 Obama states: Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, and New Hampshire. But for the most part, the current Obama map is looking a lot like the 2004 map for John Kerry: strong on the West Coast, in the Northeast, along with the upper Midwest and weak everywhere else.

In neighboring states, Obama is at 38 percent in Alabama, 40 percent in Tennessee, 33 percent in Arkansas, and 42 percent in Louisiana.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. rubradog permalink
    August 8, 2011 3:20 pm

    Rasmussen Reports today gives Obama an overall approval of 46% with 22% strongly approving (about the same as the % of Americans who describe themselves as “liberals”) and 24% somewhat approving. His nationwide disapproval is 52% with the strongly disapproving being at 40% and somewhat disapproving at 12%.

  2. catty14 permalink
    August 8, 2011 4:52 pm

    With Gallup one has to know the question asked before one can appreciate the poll numbers. I,e, . were the people polled asked if 1. Did you vote for Obama in 2008 and if so, are you going to vote for him in 2012? That would be a way to show increase, which only Gallup is suggesting. However, my personal experience with being polled by Gallup is their questions are slanted…..just enough to get the response they are looking for.
    So, were those polled former voters and likely voters or just people on the street? What about the mix of GOP voters with DEM voters….what percentage did they use in the mix?
    And lastly….so what? Who the hell cares….. after all we are suffering under the lack of leadership of Obama anybody who votes for him ought to be carted off to Whitfield.

    • phantmbear permalink
      August 8, 2011 6:51 pm

      interesting Catty14, are you always such a bigot? Hmm? why didn’t you vote for him in 2008?

    • Joe Rollins permalink
      August 8, 2011 7:41 pm

      Whitfield? You’d think Boehner et al were trying to play tennis with one arm severed — the revenue arm. At least they could fake having one.

      If they are just trying to starve the economy they are making perfect sense. It looks like the GOP leadership is counting on folks forgetting we have already had low taxes for a long while and it hasn’t worked so well to make jobs OR balance the budget. Every time S&P explains itself oh so judiciously it gets a little more obvious who they consider dysfunctional.

  3. Phil Griffin permalink
    August 8, 2011 5:59 pm

    Wow, Alabama finally got something right! Brett, quick, grab the record book!!

  4. jaltman81 permalink
    August 8, 2011 7:22 pm

    If a poll has a result I don’t like, then clearly there’s something wrong with the poll, right Catty?

  5. August 8, 2011 8:54 pm

    After looking at it, I believe this is of all adults 18+. Generally speaking, a poll of likely voters is gonna be more Republican, registered voters is gonna be less Republican than that, and adults is gonna be least Republican of the three.

    • unowho permalink
      August 8, 2011 10:26 pm

      We have all become such useful Idiots. As much as I hate to say it, Obama is probably going to be reelected. And here’s an excample of why.

      S&P downgraded our credit, so what is our Senate proposing? ( both parties ) Our Senate is proposing a study ( money maker for politically connected consultants ) to dispute S&P.

      In essence they are going to spend money we don’t have to dispute S&P’s claim that we are spending money we don’t have.

      Those voters who are democrat and benefit from social programs,youthful idealists, and those will vote the racial card will vote for Obama.

      Those voters who are republicans trying to maintain their place at the Pork trough will vote republican. Smal business owners will vote Rep. but many of their employees will vote Dem.

      Most middle class Americans ( who may have been conservative ) realize that neither party represents them, and will stay home on election day or may go libertarian or T party. Further diluting the Republican vote. This happened in 2008.

      The argument can be made that the Republican Party was Strong in the last congressional races. But thats’ not the White House. And, lets’ face it all this fingerpointing over the S&P issues isn’t helping either party.

      Until one Party or the other begins saying no to it’s base who refuses to budge from the trough, apathy will control our elections.

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