NEW: President Obama’s Approval Rating Drops In RI
Monday, August 08, 2011
President Obama’s approval numbers have dropped in Rhode Island, but still remain at 50%, according to the latest Gallup poll released today.
Twelve states now have higher approval ratings of Obama than the Ocean State, which previously had ranked in the top seven in supporting the President. In February, 55.1% Rhode Islanders approved of Obama.
Washington D.C. (83%), Connecticut (60%), Maryland (59%), Delaware (59%), New York (57%) and Massachusetts (57%) make up the top six, which is virtually identical to the February poll. The one major change is Hawaii moving from an approval rating of 65.9% down to 56%.
Idaho (27%), Wyoming (32%), Utah (32%) and Oklahoma (32%) have the lowest support numbers for the President.
16 states now offer approval ratings at-or-above 50%, and according to Gallup, that number tends to get Presidents reelected. His national approval rating is 47%.
“Thus, a key for Obama is to try to push his national approval rating back above the 50% mark before November 2012, and to have it at or above that level in as many states as possible, given that the presidential election will be determined by the winner of the greater number of state electoral votes. Currently, a majority of states show approval ratings below 50%, though whether Obama is victorious will also depend in part on who his GOP challenger is, whether a significant third-party candidate runs, and the degree to which the president's supporters turn out to vote,” the Gallup report stated.
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