These Are the States that Dislike Obama the Most

Nationally, the president's approval ratings are in decline

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If President Barack Obama finds himself in need of more friends, he can forget about heading to Wyoming, the state where his approval rating is lower than anywhere in the country.

In fact, according to a new Gallup survey of 178,000 U.S. adults over the course of 2013, only in 11 states did Obama receive approval ratings above 50 percent last year. In Wyoming, only 22.5 percent approved of Obama, followed by West Virginia (25.1 percent), Utah (27.3 percent) and South Dakota (31.7 percent), with Idaho and Oklahoma tied for fifth place at 32.1 percent.

Fortunately for the president, he’s wildly popular in what’s now his hometown of Washington—among residents, at least, if not lawmakers. Residents of the heavily-Democratic District of Columbia gave the president an 80.8 percent approval rating, followed by his home state of Hawaii (61.3 percent), Maryland (57 percent), and Rhode Island and New York tied at 56.7 percent.

Nationally, Obama’s approval rating has been in decline of late. In 2013, he averaged a 46 percent national approval rating with Gallup but in so far in January 2014 just he has averaged just 41 percent approval.

The full list Obama’s approval in 2013 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia can be seen here.

41 comments
GeorgeRaab
GeorgeRaab

First of all DC shouldn't be counted as a state because techinically they're part of Virginia.  But I guess he needs all the positive approval that he can get because without the 80.8% from DC the President's job approval rating would be zero ! Of course Hawaii is going to give Obama 67.5% because never in the history of this country has Hawaii had a sitting President.  President Obama has an approval rating lower then Nixon did at the time he resigned from Office.  At least Nixon kept some of his dignity by resigning from Office.  Obama needs to follow in Nixon's footsteps and resign because at this point it's the only way Obama will avoid a prison sentence.

JeanieGoldman
JeanieGoldman

THE ONLY REASON HE'S SO WILDLY POPULAR IN WASHINGTON IS BECAUSE THE BLACK LOW INFORMATION POPULACE STILL HOLD ON TO THE BELIEF HE'S BLACK AND THEY FIGURE HE'S THE CLOSEST THEY'LL EVER COME TO A BLACK PRESIDENT,WE ALL KNOW HE'S NOT BLACK,HE'S OF MIXED RACE. IF THEY WANT A REAL BLACK PRESIDENT WITH CHARACTER AND ONE WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT AMERICA AND IT'S PEOPLE, EMAIL THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND TELL THEM YOU WANT DR. BEN CARSON FOR PRESIDENT.


NO IMPEACH OBAMA??


NO VOTES FOR DEMOCRATS COME NOVEMBER!


STOP BEATING A DEAD HORSE AND IMPEACH THIS MORON ALREADY!!!!!


DO I THINK THE REPUBLICANS ARE ANY BETTER, HELL NO! MY ONLY HOPE IS DR. BEN CARSON. HE CAN'T WIN THE NOMINATION BECAUSE HE'S NOT CORRUPT ENOUGH, HE DOESN'T LOOK FOR DIRT ON POLITICIANS TO PLAY THE WAY OBAMA DOES. DON'T YOU REALIZE OBAMA SPENDS MILLIONS OF TAXPAYER MONIES TO GET DIRT ON POLITICS SO HE CAN HOLD IT OVER THEM UNLESS THEY WORK WITH HIM. AT 64 YRS. YOUNG I NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIVE TO SEE SUCH A CRIMINAL FOR A PRESIDENT



TeXan111
TeXan111

Negroes are now allowed into Mormon heaven (utah)  however when they wake up in Mormon heaven they find out that they are slaves...     


Yikes



ven
ven

The North East reflects what the future holds for the USA. Good, bad, or indifferent. 


The only jobs that pay are in DC, which is a nice city....if you make a solid income & can tolerate politicians.

truef/nrebel
truef/nrebel

you should not be so mean, aztecian, those state's might just employee some of your family

roknsteve
roknsteve

Wyoming, where they talk to cows?  Who cares?

riccismiles
riccismiles

Boy, poor Barack Obama.. looks like he wont be winning any elections anytime soon. OH WAIT.. he has nothing to worry about.. he simply cant run again anyway. SO, one has to wonder WHY we care about his approval ratings? The only ratings that matter headed into 2016 election cycles is PARTY. At this point, I'd only want to hear about the approval of each party. I'm willing to bet the GOP is polling unfavorable compared to the Democrats.. .. what else matters.. This national fixation on the lame duck's approval ratings is somewhat ignorant.

j45ashton
j45ashton

So far as Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota & Idaho are concerned, my understanding is that the people in these states only just got the word that there are actually races other than Caucasian living in the U.S.  West Virginia, too much in-breeding.  Oklahoma?  Well, probably the whole rest of the south comes after that.

jmac
jmac

Yes, liberals don't approve of the right-of-center Blue Dog Obama.   But when you put him up against the Republican Congress he smells like a rose.  

bryanfred1
bryanfred1

Of course DC loves him - it's the best-performing metro area in the country, courtesy of our tax dollars.

jsfox
jsfox

Oh noes this means he  might not get re-elected in '16  . . .  oh wait. And FYI his latest poll numbers are 46/50. Come on Time do try and keep up

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Not surprising in this state as they would still approve a bill allowing lynching.  So much hatred based on a man's color.  And they wonder why hi-tech companies aren't rushing into the state.

sacredh
sacredh

Whether they like him or not, he's the president. Romney lost by 5 million votes. Congess is barely in double igits. To put this in perspective, even in the state that least approves of Obama, he's still twice as popular as congress.

zpno8t8
zpno8t8

@TeXan111  I've always wanted to ask someone who could tell me.  Is ignorance really bliss?

GeorgeRaab
GeorgeRaab

@ven Time's analysis of the North east is very inaccurate.  NYers DON'T  approve of the Presidents job.  Do you live in Utah, or Texas because your comment reflects the narrow minded residents of those states. 

dbs001968
dbs001968

@roknsteve Businesses for one since Forbes rated it the most business friendly state in the entire country for 2013. Pretty much everyone who actually works and earns a living for another since it has no state income tax. But hey, you're probably still scratching your head asking "what's this Forbes thing", so by all means continue to wallow in ignorance. You're good at it so why stop?

dbs001968
dbs001968

@riccismiles Uh the reason he is a "lame duck" at this point in his presidency is in no small part, BECAUSE OF HIS APPROVAL RATINGS. You're so politically ignorant, you don't even know that a "lame duck" generally refers to a president who is approaching the end of their tenure generally after their successor has already been elected. The fact that you use the term to refer to a president in only the 2nd year of his 2nd term pretty well refutes your own arguments. His approval ratings matter, a lot.

zpno8t8
zpno8t8

@j45ashton "Your understanding", j45, is obviously that of an ignoramus, which would be immediately obvious to anyone who has lived in and/or actually knows anything about those states.  I'm sure you're not smart enough to realize it, but you are embarrassing yourself with your juvenile use of stereotypical comments.  Give us YOUR state, your ethnicity, your name, your IQ, your proudest accomplishment, who you vote for, and let the rest of us decide just how you stack up against the "in-breds", those "crazy Mormons", those "stupid Wyoming farmers", and all those other people you think are so far beneath you.  I have no doubt that if ranked according to a state's overall societal values, productivity, civil order, and a citizenry that puts in a honest day's work--resulting in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, instead of generation after generation of people expecting HANDOUTS provided by taxpayers, the states that would come out on top would be the very ones you trash. You sound like someone who'd live in one of those states that would end up on the bottom. 

RichMcKeever
RichMcKeever

Sure pal, and D.C. is just the place you want to raise your kids, right? It may as well be Detroit or any other Democrat run, minority majority hellhole in the nation. What pure dumps with no futures outside of government handouts which are confiscated from those successful people who work in the states you mentioned because that is where the jobs are.

Rich in New Mexico.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

@j45ashton 

In West Virginia, its because Obama and the EPA have destroyed the state's #1 job creator and destroyed the economy and tax base. Now the state is much like the rest of the country, out of work and on welfare.

aztecian
aztecian

@j45ashtonthese are the banjo states where whites family members marry each other.  disgusting places to live.

dbs001968
dbs001968

@jmac Yeah big spending 'give me that handout' liberals were hoping to have hit 25 Trillion on the debt by now......

jmac
jmac


A new Pew Research poll shows Americans perceive Democrats as more willing to work with the other party than Republicans, by a margin of 52% to 27%.

"Democrats also hold a 20-point advantage when it comes to which party 'is more concerned with the needs of people like me' and a 10-point edge when it comes to governing in a more ethical and honest way. The GOP, meanwhile, is viewed as much more 'extreme' in its issue positions (54% to 35%) and more influenced by lobbyists (47% to 30%)."

ven
ven

@bryanfred1  This is nothing new. DC is a......brothel (very 'high-end'). 


Pols & their lackeys have always gathered there to pull in cash from affluent 'Sponsors'. 


dem...repub...it's all the same.

jsfox
jsfox

@bryanfred1 And your preferred cheese to go along with your whine?

dbs001968
dbs001968

@jsfoxHis average approval rating is 43.3 and that's only because a large portion of the American public has an IQ slightly lower than that of a lobotomized sheep.

dbs001968
dbs001968

@ARTRaveler Gee it couldn't have anything to do with his abysmally failed policies, the fact that he's run up more debt than any president in history in only 5 years, or little things like signing a healthcare bill he never read and babbling repeatedly for several years that people could keep their current plans when HIS OWN LAW CLEARLY REQUIRED ALL PLANS TO CONFORM TO IT'S REQUIREMENTS. And no, sorry, he does not in any way shape or form have the authority to change the law to allow non-conforming plans Only congress can do that.

ven
ven

@sacredh  Twice as popular as Congress? probably (but that's not saying much.....Congress' approval rating is in the low teens, I think) 


Congress is terrible. 


It would be great if all of Congress were fired, except Bernie Sanders. Bernie is a decent man.

dbs001968
dbs001968

@sacredh The fact that you try to compare the approval rating of an individual to the approval rating of an entire body shows you are fairly naive politically speaking. Congress at large always has approval ratings far below the average approval rating of it's individual members. The only way you could make this comparison in any meaningful way is to take the INDIVIDUAL approval ratings of all members of congress and average them together. This number would be much higher than the approval rating of congress at large which historically is a poor predictor of how people will vote in any individual race.

zpno8t8
zpno8t8

@GeorgeRaab @ven Have you ever lived in Utah or Texas, George?  If not, then how do you know if those people are narrow-minded or not?  Answer: You don't.  Which only illustrates the extent of your own narrow-mindedness, your tendency to stereotype, and most of all, the depth of your own ignorance.  

j45ashton
j45ashton

@TerryClifton02 @j45ashton  Well, Terry, I'd be interested to see if you can site any articles that prove your case.  Meanwhile, here's an article about the chemical spill in WV that made national news and  turned the local water supply into poison: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/us/critics-say-chemical-spill-highlights-lax-west-virginia-regulations.html?_r=0.  


No, if folks are willing to poison their state in exchange for jobs, I think I'm right.  It must be the in-breeding.  

CaptainMorgan
CaptainMorgan

@aztecian @j45ashton Wow, you came up with that all by yourself?  I would like to see you talk trash in one of those states instead of hiding behind the unintelligent posts you seem to come up with.  Been to occupy wall street one too many times?

ven
ven

@aztecian @j45ashton  what an ignorant statement. 


Do you not realize disgusting behavior can be found in EVERY locale throughout the USA? 


It is everywhere....North, South, East, West....crass, gross, violent, creepy & depraved is the new normal, everywhere. (You must be living in a bunker) 

dbs001968
dbs001968

@aztecian @j45ashtonCompare their crime rates to liberal meccas like MD, IL, NY, NJ and CA and you'll quickly see where the disgusting places to live are and it's not Wyoming Utah etc. Liberal states are cesspools of crime by comparison to all the states you named all of which have crime rates well below the national average according to the FBI UCR. But hey, don't let actual facts and reality intrude into your delusional lala land.


PS Why is it that most of the posts here look like they were written by a 10 year old who is failing his grade?

dbs001968
dbs001968

@jmacI hate to break the bad news but none of these things are good measures of how people will vote. We have the generic congressional ballot to try to do that and most polls show a slight republican advantage.


http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/generic_congressional_vote-2170.html

Historically, for whatever reason, Democrats need about a 5 point advantage on the GCB to more or less break even but that was before redistricting that occurred after Obama's 2010 midterm beating that HEAVILY favors the GOP in a majority of the country. Barring a miracle dems will take a beating in the 2014 mid terms. The long term consequences of 2010 losses due to Obama's failed policies will seriously hurt democrats for at least a decade. Electing the least qualified president in American history is going to be a very expensive mistake in a great many ways. But hey, Obama has managed to run up more debt in a little over one term than any president in American history has managed their entire time in office so he can always claim that as an accomplishment.



ven
ven

@dbs001968 @ARTRaveler  Democrats now are actually Corporatists. The Dem Party needs to be honest & 're-brand' itself, show it's true colors: The Corporatist Party, formerly known as the Democratic Party.


Obama behaves like a moderate Repub...I can't understand why Repubs dislike him......