Obama Struggling In Pennsylvania

Gallup released a poll yesterday highlighting President Obama’s declining approval rating in 47 states, including Pennsylvania.

Obama Approval Above 50% in 10 States and D.C. in 2011

Overall, Obama averaged 44% job approval in his third year in office, down from 47% in his second year. His approval rating declined from 2010 to 2011 in most states, with Wyoming, Connecticut, and Maine showing a marginal increase, and Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Jersey, Arizona, West Virginia, Michigan, and Georgia showing declines of less than a full percentage point. The greatest declines were in Hawaii, South Dakota, Nebraska, and New Mexico (Jones, Jeffrey. Obama Approval Above 50% in 10 States and D.C. in 2011. Gallup. January 31, 2012)

Obama Struggling In Battleground States

The bad news: His job approval ratings in the other battleground states are solidly underwater and, in many states, worse than publicly perceived. In Colorado, seen as a gateway to aggressively contesting the Southwest, Obama scored a net -12 job approval (40/52) throughout the year. In Nevada, also seen as a major bellwether, Obama has a 41 percent approval, with 50 percent disapproving. In the critical battleground state of Ohio, a 50 percent majority of voters disapprove of his performance, with only 42 percent approving. In the must-win state of Pennsylvania, Obama’s job approval is underwater, with 45 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving. (Kraushaar, Josh. Obama Struggling In Battleground States. National Journal. January 31, 2012)