Obama state-by-state popularity falls
February 23rd, 2011
11:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama state-by-state popularity falls

Washington (CNN) - President Obama's approval rating fell in all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) from 2009 to 2010, according to a new poll. A closer look at the president's state-by-state popularity may provide a good sense of which states will be included in the "swing-states" category in the 2012 presidential campaign.

The Gallup survey released Wednesday shows many of the swing states that Obama won in 2008 saw considerable drops in his popularity in 2010 – in some states to levels well below 50 percent. His approval rating in New Hampshire dropped 13.4 percentage points to 41.3 percent. In Pennsylvania and Virginia, the figures both dropped by 11.1 percent to 46.3 percent and 46.6 percent, respectively. Obama's approval in North Carolina dropped 8.5 percentage points to 46.9 percent and his support in Iowa fell by 10.2 percentage points to 47.5 percent. Arizona and Missouri, also considered presidential swing states that Obama lost in 2008, were among the other states that saw the greatest drop.

In general Obama fared better in typically Democratic-leaning states and fared worse in typically Republican-leaning states. Delaware, Hawaii, Nebraska and the District of Columbia were among those where his support saw the least change.

Residents of Hawaii gave Obama the highest average in 2010 with 66 percent approval, surpassed only by the 84 percent he received in Washington, D.C. Obama's lowest average state approval rating in 2010 was in Wyoming, with 28 percent.

Overall, residents of 20 states gave Obama an approval rating within three percentage points of his national average, which is currently between 43.8 percent and 49.8 percent. Twelve states plus Washington, D.C. had approval ratings above the average and 18 states had approval ratings below the range.

The averages are based on data from the Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted from January through December 2010 of 179,503 adults, with a margin of error of plus or minus one percentage point.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Polls • President Obama
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice..... but don't believe the "under" hype.
    He's the only one making the tough decisions. He'll bounce back.
    And when he's 'pitted' against the GobP contenders he'll soar.

    February 23, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  2. Dave

    And should we be shocked.....???

    February 23, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Aeromechanic.

    I wonder what kinds of data people use to determine that their approval of the President should vary day to day? Women's time of the month? Payday? If they have a headache?

    Don't laugh, I'm serious. What makes these ratings swing on a daily basis?

    People, you need to look at the big picture. The big picture is that we are better or will be better off very shortly, than we were over the last administrations time in office.

    February 23, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Gaylon Barrow

    He certainly can't count Texas in his corner. He will not close the Border and has done nothing for this state. Now is talking cutting Education and our teachers plus the money for the military. This man is everything that the majority of us Texans can't stand. When he disrespects our flag by grabbing his crotch when the National Anthem is played then he's walking on the fighting side of us.

    February 23, 2011 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. ConservaFascists

    Well that is expected. After the cencus projections, a wide range of people have moved from out of traditionally blue states. The President's re-election team is going to have to focus primarily in the states that have republican governors(Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana).

    February 23, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. XWngLady

    That's ok, because once the Republicans squeeze the residents for every benefit they have in order to give rich companies and people tax breaks, once they strip them of their collective bargaining rights, fire all their teachers, firefighters and police, and erase their pension funds, they'll be begging for the Democrats back.

    February 23, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. streetsmart

    3rd paragraph, 1st sentence, "In general Obama fared better in typically Democratic-leaning states and fared worse in typically Republican-leaning states". Go figure

    February 23, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When Republicans find their popularity falling, they start a wars we can't afford. President Obama's popularity falls because people have forgotten the price of war.

    February 23, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    whoopdie doo. That was from 2009 to 2010. It's 2011 NOW and with the economy improving, his ratings will go up. It all depends on who the Greedy Old Party runs as an opponent. Anyone other than Romney is a slam-dunk re-election. Mittens MAY give him some problems but he might not even get teh tightie rightie zealot vote since he's not a member of the American Taliban

    February 23, 2011 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Spending our Way to Financial Collapse

    surpassed only by the 84 percent he received in Washington, D.C.
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    Is this a performance based rating or a purely race based assessment? It is SO FAR OFF the others that one can only conclude it is race based. So much for our color blind society.

    February 23, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  11. vic nashville tn

    Wow what a finding?

    “Obama's lowest average state approval rating in 2010 was in Wyoming, with 28 percent”

    Dick Cheney was reelected five times from Wyoming

    February 23, 2011 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Johnson

    I hate what we have become as a country, anyone can see that the republican party is mounting an all out attack on the Obama administration to regain power. The USA IS a COMPLETE JOKE, I am a Dem and a Soldier (soon retiring), It is not about the people of this country, it is about the republican lying to regain power any my country IS SO STUPID. If the republican win in 2012 I hope we get what we deserve, are way of thinking is destroying the country, while other countries build we get NOTHINING DONE. We are small thinkers now.

    February 23, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. PalmReader

    Taking into account the amount of vilification this man has had to endure, is anyone truly surprised that his numbers have slipped? Apparently . . . discontent . . . less is best . . . and . . . blame the victim . . . is the new GOPer norm. Ronnie's City on the Hill can safely be put to rest now, once and for all. The pride of being an American has been shot to hell . . . courtesy of GOPer hatefilled mania pitting us each against the other. Fighting one American against another American keeps the heat off the true villians in this new GOPer America saturated in debt and hopelessness: Corporate America and it's greedy, never can have enough money or power, lobbyists.

    February 23, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Spending our Way to Financial Collapse

    The Gallup survey released Wednesday shows many of the swing states that Obama won in 2008 saw considerable drops in his popularity in 2010 – in some states to levels well below 50 percent.
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    Could it be because he's shown himself to be everything he said he was not? A uniter and not a divider? WRONG! Bipartisan? WRONG!!

    His first two years has shown he was so far to the left it was ridiculous. Forcing Americans to buy a product or face fines??!! Absolutely unconstitutional and he is supposed to have taught this in college???

    Attacking, demonizing, regulating taking over every corporation and business in sight then wondering where the jobs were? Absolutely cluess!

    This fool will be a one termer and go down as the worst President of all time. HAving suffered through Carter, I never thought it would happen, but he has easiliy been surpassed as the worse incompetent in history.

    February 23, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. B

    What an arduous chore that Obama was left to clean up after the Bush/Cheney debacle !
    iIt is appalling that the required tasks carried out in an attempt to save this country have won him only distain!

    The Republicans have done absolutely nothing to help in this effort but say NO to everything.
    Now they step in and try to destroy the last of the middle class left in this declining country.

    Really disgusting !

    February 23, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. casey007

    Obama's ratings were destined to fall from day one. There are sooo many people who want his presidency to be a complete failure that it's not even funny. And becasue he is the first brown man to be elected POTUS he's gotta work quadruple time to please the United States of America's citizens. The majority of employers believe brown people are not qualified to do whatever job they have been hired to do anyway, and this includes being POTUS. I wish him and well but Obama will be our first and last brown POTUS. I just pray he makes it through unharmed.

    February 23, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. willie floyd

    I wasn't polled and don't really care. I'm for him all the way. He's far and above better than any hypocritical Rep. in the country.

    February 23, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. Name king

    Probably the biggest problems America has is it's people. Their in ability to think strategic and trust the ones who scream the loudest, push more fear and intolerance, and lies every other word they spew out of their mouth is monumental even though all of it is against their own interest and the interest of Americas future.

    February 23, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Inmyopinion

    I think that the president of our country should be impartial and be the president of us all without personal preference. I truly thought that President Obama was going to be that president, he was going to change history but he is not different. It's like he takes pleasure in mocking, bad mouthing Republican people at any chance he gets. Instead of uniting us as 1 country, 1 people, I feel we are more divided now than before. I had believed that coming from Hawaii, having been raised in Indonesia, having an African father would make a difference but it hasn't. Not even President Clinton or Carter are that much of a Democrat. Obama took Democrat to a new level.

    February 23, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. Four and The Door

    People are seeing that this Administration is incapable of doing what is necessary to bring the federal debt in control or bring unemployment down. They are ineffective at dealing with these challenges. There's no leadership in Washington except from the Republicans and they are tackling the issues directly. Apparently he's got better things to do. The life of a President can get pretty comfy.

    February 23, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. hilroy

    can you provide us with previous information on the CNN polls for the other three presidents? You seem to be constanly proving polls on thi man. We all know why but we want the records please.

    February 23, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  22. Peace

    Sometimes we get information which is hard to get the sense of it. What people were approving in 2008 when he hadn't started the job yet?

    February 23, 2011 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. mesamick

    " Obama fared better in typically Democratic-leaning states and fared worse in typically Republican-leaning states"...

    I'm shocked I tell you – SHOCKED!

    February 23, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    It just shows how effective the constant propaganda and lies from the right work. Between the Koch brothers fake organizations and Fox No News constant attacks on the President which now even includes the First Lady (completely unheard of until now) is dishonest and disgusting. Their tactics are the same as what happened in 1938 in Germany. Keep telling the same lies over and over again and people begin to believe them.

    February 23, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. truth

    CNN needs to report news. President Obama has been put under a microscope more than any president. I wonder why? Limbaugh, Cheney, President Bush, Cantor, McConnell, and other Republicans are destroying America, and CNN looks the other way. Considering that the majority of media outlets are Republicans, it is amazing for Pres. Obama to have any rating at all. America is filled with individuals who believe anything they see on television, and big businesses are running CNN and Fox. Go figure! For that reason, I stick with MSNBC in the afternoon and evenings.

    February 23, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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