Obama: Negative ratings in 37 states, but king of DC

Byron York
The Washington Examiner

Gallup has just released Barack Obama’s job approval rating for the first half of 2012, broken down by state, and the news is not encouraging for the president.

Obama’s approval rating is below 50 percent in 37 states, ranging from a 26 percent rating in Utah to a 49 percent rating in Michigan.  Obama is at 50 percent or higher in just 13 states, from a 50 percent rating in Minnesota to a 63 percent rating in Hawaii.  The president is most popular in Washington DC, where his job approval rating is an astonishing 83 percent.

After DC, Obama’s top ten states are: Hawaii 63 percent; Rhode Island 58 percent; Vermont 56 percent; New York 55 percent; Massachusetts 55 percent; Maryland 55 percent; New Jersey 53 percent; Connecticut 53 percent; California 52 percent; and Washington 51 percent.

Finishing up the 13 states in which Obama has his head above the water: Illinois 51 percent; Delaware 51 percent; and Minnesota 50 percent…

The article continues at The Washington Examiner.

Related: Byron York: Heeding critics, Mitt sharpens pitch for long run

Also, “I Am Pledging To Cut The Deficit We Inherited By Half By The End Of My First Term In Office” Video and scary graphics from ZeroHedge.

Update:  Federal money for entitlement programs can often buy approval ratings, evidently:
Rhode Island State Officials to Proceed with Medicaid Expansion Under ObamaCare

Rhode Island is not content with half-measures where implementation of President Obama’s health care law is concerned.

In addition to setting up a new exchange system, top officials with Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration have made  it clear that they intend to proceed with the Medicaid expansion provision of ObamaCare…

…The Kaiser Family Foundation has released figures that show that the new Medicaid recipients will cost Rhode Island just over $300 million a year.

When administrative and spending costs are taken into account, the expanded enrollment will result in about $452.3 million in annual Medicaid spending, according to the brief. Out of this amount, Rhode Island will be responsible for almost $60 million beginning in 2020…

An enlightening article whether or not you live in the state.

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