A new Gallup poll suggested Monday why
Among the ten states where the president was most unpopular in 2013 are three seen as highly competitive in 2014: Montana, where Sen.
The annual list of Obama's state-by-state popularity demonstrated anew that the country's political beliefs are, to be charitable, consistent.
Of Obama's top ten states, popularity-wise, seven have filled those ranks every year since he was first measured in 2009. Those states are Hawaii, Maryland, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, California and Connecticut. Obama's popularity was a lofty 81% in his current domicile, the District of Columbia, and 61% in his home state of Hawaii. In California, which has given Obama two romping election wins, his favorability rating was 56%.
Similarly, eight states have remained among the top ten when it comes to their dislike of Obama: Wyoming, West Virginia, Utah, Idaho, Oklahoma, Montana, Alaska and Arkansas. Just over one in five residents in Wyoming approved of Obama--making it the toughest state for him--and the rating in Montana, Alaska and Arkansas ranged from 33-35%.
But while those numbers were well off the national average, other contested states had views of the president more in line with the nation as a whole, suggesting that he may not be quite as polarizing a presence in their Senate races.
In Georgia, where Democrat Michelle Nunn is trying to take away a Republican-held seat, Obama’s favorability rating was just over 45%, only a point below the national average if not yet in positive territory. In Michigan, where Democratic Rep.
Other hotly contested seats feature incumbents well-known to voters statewide, making their own personas and votes as important as Obama's visage.
In Louisiana, where Democrat
In yet another contested state, Kentucky, Obama was at 35%, but the vote there will center not on him but on one of his chief thorns in the Senate, Republican leader
As could have been predicted by the myriad polls conducted this year, Gallup found the president's popularity had taken a hit everywhere--by about two points nationally. His standing fell from positive to negative in only three states—Washington, Minnesota and Michigan--but his numbers did not meaningfully improve in any state, the polling firm said.