Washington, Hawaii: Obama, Thumbs Up — Utah, Wyoming, Thumbs Down

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

A nice way to celebrate the New Year for the President was to jump in the ocean in his native state of Hawaii. He was on his annual Christmas vacation with family and friends, and went swimming at Pyramid Rock Beach in Kaneohe Bay.

Where is President Barack Obama most popular?

In Washington, D.C., and in his birth state of Hawaii.

Where is the Democrat least popular?

In the mountain states of Utah and Wyoming, and also Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska.

It should come as little surprise that the states, and District of Columbia, which vote most Democratic should hold the highest regard for the president, and the same goes for those places that vote Republican.

And that is what the Gallup Poll concludes from all of its polling in 2012:

In the nation’s capital, a full 82.4 percent of those surveyed last year voiced approval for the job Obama was doing as president. Hawaii came in at 64.2 percent job approval for its native son. The rest of the Top-10 reads like an Electoral College map of the Democratic base: Vermont, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and California.

In Utah, Gallup found, just 27.9 percent of those surveyed last year voiced approval for the job the president was doing. Wyoming came in at 28.5 percent, Alaska 31.4 percent — then came West Virginia, where Obama carried not a single county in his reelection in November. Add North Dakota, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Nebraska, Arkansas and Montana, and the Bottom-10 reads like the red Electoral map.

Sometimes, polling confirms what we already know.

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