Obama state-by-state popularity falls
February 23rd, 2011
11:39 AM ET
11 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. Obama Leads

    This is all old news CNN. We already know this.
    Why aren't his latest higher numbers shown here?

    President O in 2012!

    February 23, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. beevee

    CNN shoud not waste time on these polls. They are meaningless and change every week. I think the president Obama is doing better than any other previous republican presidents under these very difficult economic times. All signs show that the situation is slowly getting better to the president's credit.

    February 23, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Anyone who thinks this President is doing a good job, is obviously naive.

    February 23, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. bill

    I voted for the man and I want him to succeed, but he is hopeless. Just like any sport, you have to put some points up on the board. After two years there are no points from my point of view. Two years of waisted time and energy on Israel / Palestinians issue, a heath insurance bill that no one understands.Two war fronts that sucks money like a tank sucks gasoline with no end or benefits in sight. The final straw is, we are broke and no jobs to help pay the deficit. If I was Obama I would resign now. At this time, egos, reputation, left wing or right wing means nothing, the country is in trouble.

    February 23, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. I hear ya

    how much did you spend doing all this non-sense? don't you know that poll at this early stage don't mean nothing? well I guess it's good to ask what you can do for your country by stimulating the economy one poll at a time..

    February 23, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Big Oilbama

    Just wait until gas hits $5 and the President's ties to big oil are uncovered. He's not as deep in the black gold as Bush but deep enough.

    February 23, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. NOT!

    Mr.President,your to smart to put any thought into "This hogwash cartoon article" I can,t believe this country has that many dummies voting GOP. Your "measured response to critical agenda is comforting,instead of shooting off the mouth,before the facts are in!! The republicans will handle that!!!! GOBAMA! 2 Terms.

    February 23, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Adalbert

    Unfortunately the relentless right wing lies and obstructions have done some damage to our President. However, in the long run, the American people will realize that this president had huge left over problems to correct and many unforeseen disasters. And yes, he made some mistakes after all he is human, just like the rest of us.

    February 23, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  9. New Age Independant

    Let see... Trying to shove a mandatory healthcare system down our throats. Siding with Union bigwigs which hold our cities and workers hostage. Failing miserably with foreign policies. Massive fraudulent spending loaded with pork. Trying to control the Judicial system. Numerous failed promises. What's not to like?

    February 23, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. diridi

    I do not care for your biased polls because he is black president....But, my vote for him goes in 2012!!!! God bless, Barak Obama....and USA!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is doing great job for this nation....now...energy-efficiency....

    February 23, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. terry, va

    I can't believe there were enough fools to elect him the first time. He better get all the welfare buses and union buses out to have a chance this time.

    February 23, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Luke

    With high unemployment which Obama has done nothing for but exaccerbate and the burdensome healthcare and other regulations I don't know how anyone could approve. His approval ratings are going to spiral downward as everyone will finally realize he is an empty suit – all rhetoric with no action on key issues.

    February 23, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    [In general Obama fared better in typically Democratic-leaning states and fared worse in typically Republican-leaning states.]

    Wow, really? Go figure that!!!!! Duh!!

    February 23, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. Catie

    You know he seemed to be doing better. I was actually impressed lately. However, this whole thing in the middle east is causing a stir. He thought he could put religion aside and just deal with the political side of the issues and he cant. He has to realize that Israel is a place many watch. Christians and Jews hold Israel near and dear to their hearts. What appears to be his unwillingness to stand up for Israel will possibly cost him.

    February 23, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. The Real One In NC

    CNN, where's the Palin Poll? Don't you always compare her to President Obama?

    February 23, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. fayse

    Her polls are outdated and misleading. The current polls show 55% approval rating.

    February 23, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Jilli

    I'd be interested in a comparison of fox ratings and the drop in the presidents, I'd be willing to be the higher the fox ratings, the lower the presidents. some folks will believe anything.

    February 23, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. The reality is...

    Approval or not, he will do enough damage to put us equal with third world nations (or less).

    February 23, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. betterdays

    You mean that the $3+ trillion we didn't have, spent over the course of a scant two years, hasn't bought America's overwhelming approval?

    Do you mean to suggest that two years of arrogant utopianism has actually created skeptics, even as more and more Americans become more and more dependent on their government for the things individual Americans were once capable of obtaining through intelligence and determination?


    February 23, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. A

    As long as unemployment stays the same the chances of him getting relected do not look good. It doesn't seem to matter what he does and wants to do, he will be bucked on everything. I personally hope he doesn't get elected in 2012. Doesn't need the hassel.

    February 23, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. concerned liberal

    The two steps to low popularity:
    1 – anger conservatives with wild liberal promises (I have no issue with that actually)
    2 – anger liberals by not keeping them and rolling over to Republicans and big corporate friends (that is a problem)

    February 23, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Mark

    Oh no! CNN ... you better pump up his popularity again. More nasty stories on Republicans and Palin usually helps!!!

    February 23, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Riley

    I find it hard to believe he has any popularity whatsoever. He has been an abolute FAILURE!!!

    February 23, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. 100% ETH

    What kinds of new-poll or statistics is it??!!

    The populations of America is over 350 Millions. The American people who are eligible to vote are over 150 Millions. The number of populations that you are interviewed to Criticized or not to Criticized the Ptesident's acceptability by Americans' is ILLOGIC and UNPROFESSIONAL.

    Please, grow-up or leave the post.

    February 23, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. irene

    When will Obama get it? Selling out the Blue States will never gain popularity in the Red states whose main objective is to destroy him.

    February 23, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
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