- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

President Obama’s approval rating was above 50 percent in five states in 2014, a year in which his ratings hovered in the low- to mid-40s and in which his party lost control of the U.S. Senate after the November midterm elections.

Massachusetts gave him the highest rating at 53.4 percent, followed by his home state of Hawaii at 52.5 percent, Maryland at 51.9 percent, New York at 51.6 percent and California at 50.5 percent, Gallup said.

His approval rating of 19.3 percent in Wyoming was the lowest among the states, and was followed by West Virginia at 22.3 percent, Idaho’s 25.1 percent, Utah’s 28.3 percent and Oklahoma’s 30 percent.

Mr. Obama’s overall rating fell nationally from 46.5 percent in 2013 to 42.4 percent in 2014. He appeared to lose a bit more ground in a handful of states relative to peak ratings in 2009 and 2012, including Iowa, Indiana, Missouri and Kentucky.

Mr. Obama’s state job approval in Virginia, Florida, Oregon and Georgia has matched the national average or come within 2 percentage points in each year since 2009.

“Obama ran into political and economic headwinds in 2014 that conspired to make his average job approval rating for the year his lowest yet,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad wrote. “Because that was reflected in declines in most state ratings, the basic geographic pattern of his strengths and weaknesses remained about the same. However, the handful of states showing greater-than-average declines bear watching in 2015, because if this continues, and if the Democratic standard-bearer inherits these problems, that could have implications for 2016.”

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