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The Wages of Obamacare
You Won't Believe How Unpopular Obama Has Gotten

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.”

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  • Anthony

    It’s not just wages of Obamacare but manifestation of inadequate preparation for tough job under even favorable circumstances – nation (not rabid Obama critics) has experienced/witnessed what its like when emperor is revealed with no clothes.

    • Kavanna

      Yep. Many, shall we say, hallucinated those imaginary clothes.

  • ljgude

    There are some interesting anomalies. If i read the above map correctly Obama’s support has fallen 4.4% in California but risen 4.2% in Texas? It seems accurate because it says that 41.5% of Texans voted Obama in 2012 but 45.6% support him today. So what had Obama done for Texas lately? I don’t think he has been passing our pistols like Obamaphones.

    • Rol_Texas

      Yeah, I noticed that too. Also: Utah is the only other state where the Prez improved his approval rating. Off the top of my head, I would have to guess that there were two local-effect stories in Texas and Utah that maybe energized the Dems in those states to be slightly less annoyed with the President: 1) in Utah, the brief, court-created gay marriage right and subsequent fight, and 2) the ongoing Wendy Davis saga. The numbers for Texas and Utah might have picked up a strong signal for these events, depending on when the numbers were gathered. Of course, it may also just be noise. Either way, I would be really, really surprised if the Democrats were to make any significant gains in either state in 2014 or 2016.

      Other interesting spots: both Georgia and Arizona showed no change.

      • rheddles

        Read Barone’s article

        • Anthony

          Read article earlier in week and thought Barone’s WSJ piece alluded to U.S. cultural distinctions cited by various scholars identifying settled U.S. regions. However, his important point (Midcentury moment, not coming back) cannot be overlooked; and it may not necessarily be a governance issue unless one chooses to reduce all antagonisms/interests to binary big government little government formulation.

  • Kavanna

    It amazes me that’s even 46%. Democrats plus Democrat-leaning independents are about 42-44% of the electorate. It deepens the mystery of how he won re-election in 2012.

    Of course, with Obamacare, we Americans are getting what we deserve for supporting such an arrogant and narcissistic clown.

  • lukelea

    He could have been great but he blew his chance when he identified as being black and abandoned the working-class white half of his family — first when he through his grandmother under the bus in Philadelphia, then with the Skip Gates/ Officer Crowley case, finally with the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman controversy. By failing to stand up for the white half of who he is he showed his true face: a narcissist who just wanted to be President to gratify his ego. At least that is my present assessment. (Disclosure — I’m no great judge of character.)

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