President Obama has gotten so unpopular in much of the country that he’s promised senators he will lie low during the upcoming midterm elections. The Washington Post spilled the beans while reporting on the Senate Democrats annual one-day policy retreat:
“The president said that he is thoroughly committed to helping Democrats in tough races,” [a senator in attendance] said. “He said he knew he is not popular in some of the states so he would not be offended if he were not invited to visit them this year. But he said he could be helpful in some parts of some states.”The senator, who requested anonymity in order to speak frankly about private conversations, wouldn’t say which states Obama mentioned.
We can’t say for sure either which states Obama had in mind, but here’s a handy tool to help you guess:
The chart above compares President Obama’s 2012 election results to the most recent Gallup findings on his average popularity in the states over the past year; click the years in the title to switch between the two. We originally got the idea from a Michael Barone column in the Washington Examiner in which he justifies comparing the two data sets.And keep in mind that the map is probably worse in reality. As Gallup notes:
Obama’s current job approval ratings in most states are likely a few points lower now than their 2013 averages, given that he has averaged 41% job approval so far in January, compared with the 46% average for his fifth year in office.
All in all, it’s not a pretty picture. “At least,” Dem leaders must be saying, “it’s not 2016 yet.”