July 19th, 2010
04:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Poll: D.C. gives Obama highest marks, Wyoming lowest

President Obama enjoys a high approval rating in the District of Columbia, but is not doing as well in Wyoming.
President Obama enjoys a high approval rating in the District of Columbia, but is not doing as well in Wyoming.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is getting rave reviews in the District of Colombia and Hawaii, but he's not playing as well in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and West Virginia, according to newly released national poll numbers.

A Gallup survey released Monday indicates that during the first half of 2010, 85 percent of residents in the District of Columbia approved of the job Obama was doing as president, with 68 percent of Hawaiians giving him a thumbs up.

Democrats overwhelmingly dominate in Washington D.C. and they also greatly outnumber Republicans in Hawaii, the state where Obama spent much of his childhood and teenaged years.


Besides Illinois, where Obama lived for decades before moving to the nation's capital, states from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions round out the top ten for Obama's popularity.

According to the poll, only 29 percent of Wyoming residents approve of how the president's handling his duties in the White House, followed by Utah, Idaho and West Virginia at 34 percent.

These survey's results are based on aggregated data from Gallup Daily tracking polls conducted January through June of this year, with more than 90,000 adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus one percentage point.

Full Results:


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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Moderate

    It appears he isn't doing well in the States he didn't win in the election. The most populated states are heavily in his corner. If he ran today he would easily win again. What's the point of this poll?

    July 19, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Common Sense ... But I'm Not Thomas Paine

    Mr. President –

    It's time for you to apply some sime, common sense solutions.

    For 30 years ... since Reagan ... America has lived beyond it's means. We've spent more and more .... borrowed more and more. The economy will not turn around unless you implement a SEVERE austerity budget. It's not fair to you and your legacy but unlike your precedessors, you've been left with a structural problem and GIMMICKS won't restore our economy.

    Virtually all Americans want us out of Iraq and Afghanistan. Your liberal base wants an idealogical victory that will demonstrate you value them. Every Republican on Capital hill is spouting off about deficits, stimulus spending, and the assumption that debt is the root cause of the recession and unemployment so ....

    GET US OUT of Afghanistan and save $10 to $20B PER MONTH. That will put a dent in the National Debt AND ENERGIZE the Democratic base.

    The time and political will is now. Give this 2 years to work and you are re-elected!

    July 19, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Get A Grip

    Matthew July 19th, 2010 4:26 pm ET

    I am not surprise that Obama would have low marks in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, and West Virginia. It speaks to the character of the bigots and racist that lives there.
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    Why do I get this feeling the people that disagreed with Bush you didn't consider "bigots and racist". Don't get so upset...Matthew,,,, because the folks in Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and West Virginia don't drink that kool-aid and keep their head buried in the sand with the rest of the weary kool-aid drinkers.

    July 19, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. usualone

    I wonder what the education level of the people is some of these states. They haven't figured out that this President is helping them...but then they are usually Republican territories, the Oz of "NO." .Also, those without sound education thing the President is an "elitist". He is a thoughtful, educated man and doesn't rush to make judgments. Why people think he is doing a poor job is difficult to understand. He cannot wave a magic wand and make things get better immediately. It took years and years to get in the current meltdown. There are so many naysayers without ever giving samples of how to improve the situations. That is an easy way to do things. Give us your suggestions, not just your hateful namecalling non-productive soundbites.

    July 19, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Tinkers Dam

    I don't know what's more racist. Voting for someone because they're black or voting against them for the same reason.

    July 19, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Marcus

    Augsbee – Secessionism starts with ridiculous ideas like yours. Hawaii is a STATE of the UNITED States of America. The fact that it's not in your neighborhood doesn't changes that.

    JS in CT – Your post is very interesting, and sad and scary at the same time... Not anything against what you said but of that means for the current situation of the country.

    July 19, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. JPsc

    SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHY 40 MILLION CALIFORNIANS HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF SENATORS AS 25 PEOPLE FROM WYOMING???

    Because it was decided that every state gets two senators regardless of population. this was done to make sure that everyone in America, even the 25 people of Wyoming, have equal representation in at least one house. The house of Represenatives is based on population and California dominates Wyoming in that house. if your going to go all caps on a post, please make sure it is at least a resonable question.

    July 19, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Midwest

    @ Darth Vadik, CA July 19th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

    SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME WHY 40 MILLION CALIFORNIANS HAVE THE SAME NUMBER OF SENATORS AS 25 PEOPLE FROM WYOMING???

    Why would we give CA anymore votes? You guys are in debt up to your eyeballs with that many tax payers and large industries.

    CA is the next detroit, broke and headed downhill! Newflash CA you did it to yourselves..... why on earth would the rest of the US want to promote/duplicate/support that OOPS I forgot the rest of the US already props up CA. Lets just call CA the 2 legged stool.... and by stool I mean....

    July 19, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Midwest

    Of those states giving President Obama high marks, which ones are broke and borrowing from the Feds?

    Its really hard to vote against the TIT you are sucking.

    July 19, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. jp,michigan

    Does Washington D.C. even have a representative or senator on the Hill? Big government is good for D.C. residence and Hawaii is the so call home of the President, even though he goes there occassionally. Maybe after 2012 he can move there!

    July 19, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. Ann

    The Wyoming residents are the smart ones. What can you expect from DC?

    July 19, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. larry

    Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and West Virginia. These are the states where polls indicate that incest is best.

    July 19, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. fideauxdon

    There; that settles it. We've been taught a lesson by all of those educated, white collar, highly-paid intellectuals from Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and West Virginia.

    July 19, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. roro

    Wyoming produced the evil Darth Cheney. No surprise there.

    July 19, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Clownboy in Austin

    A state where even the sheep run in fear of meeting a local republican.

    July 19, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Dan

    Ahhhhh, Wyoming! The devil himself is from there, correct, Mr. Cheney? I do agree with the post about why should a state with such a small populace have the same number of Senators as my home state, Florida! We would also do well to lose the outdated electoral college.

    July 19, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. gary

    Are there more people in the District of Columbia than Wyoming? And Cheney is from Wyoming. Is this a real surprise??

    July 19, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Darth Vadik, CA

    Midwest

    We are in debt because for every dollar we pay in taxes to the Federal government we get 72 cents back, while your conservative midwest states get on average $2 back for every dollar you pay in. Not to mention that we have had Republican governors for 17 out of the lst 22 years...

    So you better thank your lucky starts you have California to give your state money otherwise you'd be a 3rd world country, you moron.

    Nice racist nuances in your Detroit comment, you dumb conservative racist, but we got your number.

    July 19, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  19. Elena

    Ah, yes, Wyoming-the state that gave us Dick Cheney, war criminal and all-around fascist.

    How shocking that those idiots wouldn't think much of a guy like Obama!

    July 19, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  20. welches, oregon

    @ Midwest – hey I know it's hard, but please try to stay on topic.

    the USA is not China, Korea or USSR – this is America.

    So, I'll say it again.
    Money trumps peace – what an idiotic thing Bush said.

    Oh and thank you for the Shout Out to Oregon – THE most beautiful state, but hey I'm partial! :)

    July 19, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Augsbee

    to Marcus: exactly my point-Hawaii is a State of the United States of America, so how come you, everyone else is ignoring Hawaii?????
    You guys are concentrating on insulting Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, West Virginia but you have no opinion on Hawaii. Come on, what's the deal???

    July 19, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. Riley

    Obama is CLUELESS. and apparently, the voters in the District of Columiba are, as well.

    I live in Florida, and voters here are sick of Obama. AND NO, WE ARE NOT RACISTAS.

    July 19, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Laura in Massachussetts who said:

    "Can you name one thing of substanant value that Obama has done without controversy that he and his party has succeeded in..."

    -------------------------------–

    ANYTHING that President Obama has tried to accomplish, and those things that he HAS accomplished (Healthcare Reform, Wall Street Reform, Credit Card reform, hell, even the $20 BILLION that he got for the people in the Gulf!!) the Rethugs twist, turn, and lie about it so that it becomes embroiled in controversy. Remember healthcare reform and the claim that he was going to kill your granny? Remember the $20Billion for the Gulf and some dumbass Senator apologizing to BP because he felt they were strong armed?

    So come on, babe. EVERYTHING the President does to bring us kicking and screaming into the 21st century, YOU GObPers turn into a melodrama of epic and negative proportions. Why? Because you don't care about the COMMON good, you just want to get re-elected.

    You're being very Sarah Palin like with that disingenous comment.

    July 19, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    Obama is a lot more popular than you'd think given our governor and our pal Joe Barton.

    And to echo Rickster:
    Republicans are undoubtedly the dumbest creatures ever to roam the earth. How could anyone, in good faith, say that Boehner/McConnel/Steele are doing a good job? They have failed at EVERYTHING. But, that's another reason why people point and snicker at republicans.

    July 19, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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