Obama approval jumps to 58% in RI; second-best state for prezAugust 1st, 2012 at 11:03 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site
The president’s approval rating in Rhode Island jumped to 58% during the first half of this year, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.
That’s up from Obama’s 49% approval rating here in 2011 but below the 67% he scored in 2009. His disapproval rating was 32%, down from 39% last year, according to Gallup.
The only state that gave Obama higher marks than Rhode Island this year was his birthplace of Hawaii, where his approval rating stood at 63%. They are among just 13 states where a majority of voters approved of the president’s job performance. His approval rating was 55% in Massachusetts but only 26% in Utah.
Gallup surveyed 323 Rhode Islanders by telephone between Jan. 1 and June 30. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 to 8 percentage points depending on the state. In Rhode Island 10% of those surveyed told Gallup they had no opinion on the president’s job performance, more than in most states.
The new poll offers fresh evidence that Republican Mitt Romney stands next to no chance of winning Rhode Island in November. The state’s voters haven’t backed a Republican since Ronald Reagan in 1984. A strong showing by Obama in November could also help endangered Democratic Congressman David Cicilline.
Obama won a smashing victory in Rhode Island in 2008, taking 63% of the vote against Republican John McCain’s 35%. It was the state’s largest presidential landslide since 1968, when Democrat Hubert Humphrey won 64% of Rhode Islanders’ votes against just 32% for Republican Richard Nixon.
• Related: Study: RI’s swing voters make it ‘most elastic state’ in the US (June 21)