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Michael van der Galien

Gallup Polls Shows: Obama Should Start Planning for Life After the White House

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Posted on July 19 2010 11:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Gallup published Barack Obama’s approval rating per state. The results of the pollster’s large-scale research are fascinating: they show that, only 1.5 years into his first term, the president should already start planning for life after the White House.

The top 10 of states in which Obama’s approval rating is the lowest are, according to Gallup:

Now, while most of these states went to John McCain in 2008, not all did. New Hampshire went to Obama and quite easily so. His margin of victory was almost ten percent. At this moment, however, only 41% of New Hampshire voters approve of the job Obama’s doing, while a stunning 52% disapprove. This means that Obama’s (conservative) opponent in 2012 could theoretically take N.H. away from Obama.

That’s bad for Obama, but what’s even worse for him is that New Hampshire isn’t exactly the only state that went blue during the last elections, but that could very well color red two years from now. No, the same goes for states like Indiana (45% approval rating), Florida (47%), Pennsylvania (48%), Maine (48%), Iowa (48%), Wisconsin (48%), Virginia (48%) and Minnesota (49%). In all of these states, Obama is facing serious popularity issues.

These are quite simply stunning poll results. Conservatives have been saying for a long time that, Obama’s victory in ’08 notwithstanding, America still is a center-right nation. They’ve (we’ve) now been proved right. The most progressive president in American history has only been in office for 1.5 years, but is already facing horrendous approval ratings, signifying he’ll have more than a hard time winning reelection. If that doesn’t rally the conservative base, I don’t know what will.

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