North Dakotans in polls: Obama gets low marksDuring the first six months of the year, an average of just 37 percent of North Dakota residents who were polled approved of President Obama’s job performance. That was the country’s ninth-lowest poll approval rating, well below the national average (47 percent) and Minnesota average (52 percent).
North Dakotans are giving President Barack Obama low marks for his job performance so far this year, according to a new report based on Gallup Daily poll results.
During the first six months of the year, an average of just 37 percent of North Dakota residents approved of Obama’s job performance. That was the country’s ninth-lowest approval rating, well below the national average (47 percent) and Minnesota average (52 percent).
The findings were reported Monday and are based on Gallup telephone interviews of nearly 90,000 Americans conducted Jan. 2 to June 30. The margin of error for most states is 4 percentage points or less.
Idaho residents gave the lowest level of approval during the first half of the year (27 percent), followed by Wyoming, Utah and Oklahoma (all 32 percent).
The majority of Washington, D.C., residents had a favorable opinion of Obama’s job performance (83 percent), the country’s highest average this year. The president’s other top ratings came from his home states of Hawaii (56 percent) and Illinois (54 percent), as well as several East Coast states, including Connecticut (60 percent), Maryland and Delaware (both 59 percent).
Obama recorded his highest nationwide approval rating as he entered office in January 2009 with the backing of 69 percent of Americans. He’s averaged 51-percent approval during his term.
But his level of support hit a low of 40 percent late last month during the debt ceiling stalemate.
Obama averaged 42 percent for the last week of July — the lowest level that a president has posted at this point in their third year in office since Jimmy Carter, who had the backing of just 32 percent of Americans in August 1979.
George W. Bush held a 60-percent approval rating in 2003, and George H. W. Bush and Dwight Eisenhower both had the support of more than 70 percent of Americans during their third year in office.
Conservative pollster Rasmussen Reports said Monday that 22 percent of the nation’s voters “strongly approve” of Obama’s performance, while 40 percent “strongly disapprove.” Those three-day averages are based on telephone surveys of 500 likely voters per night; the margin of error is 3 percentage points.
Overall, 46 percent of surveyed voters said they at least somewhat approve of Obama’s performance, while 52 percent at least somewhat disapprove.
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