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The latest round-up of President Obama's job approval or favorability ratings by state updates or adds California, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota and Utah. One bit of good news for Obama -- he's back in positive job approval territory in North Carolina for the first time since July, although barely.
Alabama

SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22
2008 election: McCain 60 percent, Obama 38 percent

SurveyUSA says 59 percent of Alabamans disapprove of Obama's job performance, 38 percent approve and 3 percent are undecided, about the same ratio as in its September poll. Eighty-six percent of Republicans disapprove, 73 percent of Democrats approve and 75 percent of independents disapprove. Republicans make up 38 percent of the sample, Democrats comprise 37 percent and independents make up 19 percent.

Arizona

Arizona State University/KAET, Nov. 19-22; Rasmussen Reports, Nov. 18

2008 election: McCain 53 percent, Obama 45 percent

Arizona voters split at 48 percent each on whether they approve or disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with 4 percent expressing no opinion. They believe by 45 percent to 40 percent that he should send more troops to Afghanistan. Fifteen percent expressed no opinion.
Rasmussen says 60 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing while 40 percent approve.
Arkansas
2008 election: McCain 59 percent, Obama 39 percent
Rasmussen Reports, Dec. 1; Daily Kos/Research 2000, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2

Rasmussen Reports says 65 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing while 34 percent approve.
Daily Kos/Research 2000 says 55 percent view Obama unfavorably and 42 percent see him favorably. Independents see him unfavorably by a 64 percent to 31 percent margin.
California
2008 election: Obama 61 percent, McCain 37 percent
PPIC says 61 percent approve of the job Obama is doing compared to 33 percent who disapprove, with 6 percent undecided. Forty-two percent said Obama's economic policy have had no effect on conditions since he took office while 31 percent say they are better and 21 percent describe them as worse. Fifty-two percent support the proposed health care changes advocated by Obama and Congress while 39 percent oppose them, with 9 percent undecided. Forty-four percent say the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan should be decreased over the next year, 33 percent support an increase, 14 percent say they should be kept the same and 9 percent are undecided. Obama's timeline for bringing troops home is longer than that, with withdrawals to begin in July, 2011.
SurveyUSA says 53 percent of Californians approve of Obama's performance while 38 percent disapprove and 8 percent are undecided. Independents, who make up 20 percent of the sample, disapprove by a 50 percent to 44 percent margin. The margin of error is 4.1 points. In September, SurveyUSA had Obama's approval ratio at 62 percent to 33 percent.
The LA Times poll says Californians approve of the job Obama is doing by 60 percent to 34 percent with 6 percent undecided. Sixty-five percent view him favorably while 33 percent see him unfavorably. By 59 percent to 35 percent, voters want a senator elected in 2010 who will support Obama.
Colorado
2008 election: Obama 54 percent, McCain 45 percent
Rasmussen says 57 percent approve of the job Obama is doing compared to 43 percent who disapprove. Fifty-one percent oppose the health care plan he and congressional Democrats are advocating while 48 percent support it. Forty-two percent rates his handling of Afghanistan as excellent or good, 27 percent grade it fair and 31 percent call it poor. But 44 percent support the overall strategy he has announced for Afghanistan while 35 percent oppose it and 21 percent are undecided. Fifty-four percent support his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, 27 oppose it and 19 percent are undecided. Forty-eight percent supports the commitment to start bring troops home in 18 months, 39 percent are opposed and 13 percent are not sure.
Connecticut
2008 election: Obama 60 percent, McCain 38 percent
Rasmussen says 57 percent approve of the job obama is doing compared to 43 percent who disapprove. Fifty-one percent oppose the health care plan he and congressional Democrats are advocating while 48 percent support it. Forty-two percent rate his handling of Afghanistan as excellent or good, 27 percent grade it fair and 31 percent call it poor. But 44 percent support the overall strategy he has announced for Afghanistan while 35 percent oppose it and 21 percent are undecided. Fifty-four percent support his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, 27 oppose it and 19 percent are undecided. Forty-eight percent support the commitment to start bring troops home in 18 months, 39 percent are opposed and 13 percent are not sure.

Quinnipiac says 58 percent of voters approve of Obama's job performance compared to 35 percent who disapprove with 7 percent undecided. They approve of his handling of the economy by 52 percent to 43 percent with 4 percent undecided. But his coattails are not long enough to help an incumbent senator in political trouble, Chris Dodd. Seventy-five percent say Obama's support of Dodd would make no difference to them. They trust Obama more than congressional Republicans on health care by 56 percent to 37 percent with 8 percent undecided.

Delaware
Public Policy Polling, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2; Daily Kos/Research 2000, Oct. 12-14

2008 election: Obama 62 percent, McCain 37 percent
PPP says 53 percent approve of Obama's job performance while 41 percent disapprove, with 6 percent undecided.
Research 2000 says Obama is viewed favorably by 64 percent and unfavorably by 32 percent with 4 percent expressing no opinion. Independents view him favorably by 69 percent to 25 percent with 6 percent having no opinion.
Florida
2008 election: Obama 51 percent, McCain 48 percent
Rasmussen says 55 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 44 percent approve.
The St. Petersburg Times poll says 51 percent rate Obama's performance as fair or poor while 46 percent say he is doing a good or excellent job.
Illinois
2008 election: Obama 62 percent, McCain 37 percent
Rasmussen Reports says percent approve of the job Obama is doing while 42 percent disapprove. Fifty percent favor the health care plan advocated by Obama and congressional Democrats while 42 percent oppose it. Forty-five percent support Obama's overall Afghan strategy compared to 38 percent who oppose it, with 13 percent undecided. Fifty-five percent back Obama's decision to send 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan while 33 percent oppose it and 12 percent are undecided. Forty-nine percent back him on setting a timetable to begin withdrawing troops in 2011 while 38 percent disagree, with 13 percent undecided.

Iowa
Des Moines Register, Nov. 8-11; Daily Kos/Research 2000, Oct. 12-14

2008 election: Obama 54 percent, McCain 44 percent
The Register says 49 percent approve of Obama's performance while 44 percent do not, with 7 percent undecided. That's a falloff from 53 percent in September and 19 points lower than January. Fifty-five percent of Iowans disapprove of how Obama is handling health care, up from not quite half in September. Nearly two-thirds of likely voters in Iowa disapprove of Obama's budget policies when it comes to the burgeoning size of the deficit.

Research 2000 says Obama is viewed favorably by 55 percent and unfavorably by 36 percent with 9 percent expressing no opinion. Independents view him favorably by 56 percent to 32 percent with 12 percent voicing no opinion.

Kansas

SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22

2008 election: McCain 56 percent, Obama 41 percent

SurveyUSA finds 58 percent of Kansans disapprove of Obama's performance compared to 38 percent who approve and 4 percent who are undecided, about the same margin the pollster found in September. The disapproval rate among Republicans (44 percent of the sample) is 87 percent, while Obama's approval rating among Democrats (27 percent of the sample) is a lesser 75 percent. Independents (23 percent) are split at 46 percent approving compared to 45 percent disapproving. They make up 23 percent of the sample. The margin of error is 4 points.

Kentucky
SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22; Rasmussen Reports, Sept. 30

2008 election: McCain 57 percent, Obama 41 percent
SurveyUSA says 58 percent of Kentuckians disapprove of Obama's performance compared to 38 percent who approve and 4 percent who are undecided. This is about the same margin SurveyUSA found in September. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans disapprove, but the figure that catches the eye is that Democrats approve of Obama's performance by only 56 percent to 41 percent. Independents are divided with 48 percent disapproving and 46 percent approving. Republicans make up a third of the sample, Democrats comprise 46 percent and independents account for 18 percent. The margin of error is 4 points.
Rasmussen says 53 percent disapprove of Obama's performance compared to 37 percent who approve, with those who "strongly" disapprove -- 41 percent -- being the largest group by a double-digit margin. Fifty-seven percent oppose the health plan that Obama and Democrats are pushing compared to 39 percent who favor it.
Maine
2008 election: Obama 58 percent, McCain 40 percent
Daily Kos/Research 2000 says 67 percent of voters view Obama favorably compared to 25 percent who see him unfavorably with 8 percent undecided. Independents see him favorably by 73 percent to 18 percent.
Public Policy Polling says voters approve of Obama's job performance by 49 percent to 41 percent with 10 percent undecided. They are split on his health care reform proposal with 41 percent favoring it, 40 percent opposed and 19 percent undecided.
Massachusetts
2008 election: Obama 62 percent, McCain 36 percent
Suffolk says 60 percent approve of Obama's job performance compared to 36 percent who don't with 4 percent undecided.
Rasmussen says 54 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing while 44 percent disapprove and 1 percent is not sure. Fifty percent favor the health care plan he is pushing while 46 percent oppose it and 4 percent are undecided.
Michigan
Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 21; Epic-MRA, Oct. 11-15
2008 election results: Obama 57 percent, McCain 41 percent
Rasmussen says voters approve of Obama's performance by a 52 percent to 47 percent margin, with 1 percent undecided.
EPIC-MRA says Obama is seen favorably by 51 percent and unfavorably by 45 percent with 4 percent undecided. In June, this poll reported that 60 percent regarded Obama favorably and 34 percent unfavorably.
Minnesota

St. Cloud State University, Oct. 26 - Nov. 4

2008 election: Obama 54 percent, McCain 44 percent

Fifty percent say Obama is doing an excellent or good job, 22 percent rate him only as fair, and 25 percent as poor.

Missouri
Rasmussen Reports, Dec. 15; SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22; Public Policy Polling, Nov. 13-15
2008 election: McCain 49.3 percent, Obama 49.2 percent
Rasmussen says 53 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing while 47 percent approve. Fifty-seven percent oppose the health care reform plan that Obama and congressional Democrats are advocating while 40 percent support it. Forty-seven percent fall into the "strongly" oppose category. Thirty-eight percent oppose Obama's overall new strategy for Afghanistan while 34 percent support it and 27 percent are undecided. (The margin of error is 4.5 points). But 55 percent approve of his decision to send more troops compared to 27 percent who do not, and 51 percent favor the timetable he has set for beginning to bring troops back home while 40 percent do not.
SurveyUSA says 58 percent of Missourians disapprove of the job Obama is doing compared to 38 percent who approve with 4 percent undecided. Independents, who make up 32 percent of the sample, disapprove by 65 percent to 33 percent.
PPP says Missourians disapprove of the job Obama is doing by 52 percent to 43 percent with 6 percent undecided. They oppose his health care plan by 55 percent to 34 percent with 12 percent undecided.
Nevada
2008 election: Obama 55 percent, McCain 43 percent
Rasmussen says that 55 percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing while 46 percent do not. (Rasmussen explains the 101% result of adding those two numbers this way: "In the world of statistics, it is generally recognized that results from a given survey may not add to precisely 100% due to rounding of individual results. Reported numbers can accurately end up tallying anywhere from 99-101% due to rounding.") Fifty-four percent oppose the health care reform plan advocated by Obama and congressional Democrats while 44 percent support it. Forty-four percent oppose Obama's announced strategy for Afghanistan while 34 support it and 22 percent are not sure. Fifty-seven percent support sending the additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan while 28 percent do not and 15 percent are undecided. Forty-seven percent oppose the timetable for withdrawal outlined by Obama while 44 percent back it and 9 percent are undecided.
The Mason-Dixon poll says 44 percent of Nevadans see Obama favorably and 43 percent see him unfavorably, with 13 percent undecided.
New Hampshire
Rasmussen Reports, Sept. 14

2008 election: Obama 54 percent, McCain 44 percent
Voters split 50-50 on Obama's job performance.
New Jersey
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Oct. 22 - Nov. 1; Public Policy Polling, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1; Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 29; Quinnipiac, Oct. 20-26
2008 election: Obama 57 percent, McCain 41 percent
Fifty-three percent approve of the job Obama is doing compared to 37 percent who don't with 10 percent undecided, according to Fairleigh Dickinson.
Public Policy Polling has voters divided at 45 percent each on whether or not they approve of Obama's performance with 10 percent undecided.
Rasmussen says 55 percent approve of Obama's performance and 44 percent disapprove with 1 percent undecided.
Quinnipiac says voters approve of the job Obama is doing by 55 percent to 39 percent with 6 percent undecided. The New York Times says Obama is viewed favorably by 62 percent and unfavorably by 25 percent with 12 percent not expressing an opinion.
New Mexico

SurveyUSA, Sept. 27-28

2008 election: Obama 57 percent, McCain 42 percent

Fifty percent approve of Obama's performance compared to 45 percent who do not with 4 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.1 points. Whites disapprove by 59 percent to 38 percent while Hispanics, 39 percent of the sample, approve by 68 percent to 29 percent.

New York

Quinnipiac University, Dec. 7-13; Siena Research Institute, Dec. 6-9; SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22

2008 election: Obama 63 percent, McCain 36 percent

Quinnipiac says 59 percent approve of Obama's performance compared to 27 percent who do not, with 11 percent undecided. That's the first time he's been under 60 percent in this poll.

Siena says 63 percent of voters see Obama favorably while 32 percent regard him unfavorably, with 8 percent undecided.

SurveyUSA says New Yorkers approve of the job Obama is doing by a 53 percent to 39 percent margin with 8 percent undecided. Independents, who make up 22 percent of the sample, disapprove by 58 percent to 23 percent with 19 percent undecided. This is down from SurveyUSA's September survey which has New Yorkers approving of Obama by a 63 percent to 33 percent margin.

North Carolina

Public Policy Polling, Dec. 11-13; Elon University, Oct. 26-29
2008 election: Obama 49.7 percent, McCain 49.4 percent
PPP says that Obama's job approval rating is back in positive territory for the first time since July...although not by much. Forty-eight percent approve of his performance, 47 percent do not and 5 percent are undecided. Fifty percent oppose his health care plan while 41 percent support it, with 9 percent undecided. Fifty-four percent support his Afghanistan strategy while 31 percent oppose it, with 15 percent undecided.
Elon University says 52 percent approve of Obama's performance compared to 44 percent who disapprove with 3 percent undecided. Forty-nine percent disapprove of his handling of the economy while 43 percent approve and 7 percent are undecided. Thirty-four percent trust Obama to deal with the key issues facing the country compared to 12 percent for congressional Democrats and 26 percent for congressional Republicans. Twenty-one percent don't trust any of them and 5 percent are undecided. Forty-three percent disapprove of Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan compared to 41 percent who approve with 12 percent undecided.
Ohio
2008 election: Obama 51 percent, McCain 47 percent
Rasmussen says 53 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing while 46 percent approve.
The big news in the Quinnipiac poll was that for the first time more Ohio voters disapproved of Obama's job performance than approved, with 50 percent giving him negative marks compared to 45 percent who viewed him positively with 5 percent undecided. Obama's approval had been in the 60s from February through May, dipped to 49 percent in July and stood at 53 percent approving and 42 percent disapproving in September. And, for the first time, when asked who voters trusted more on handling health care, congressional Republicans tied Obama at 40 percent with 21 percent undecided. In September, respondents favored Obama by 49 percent to 28 percent. Voters oppose Obama's health care plan by 55 percent to 36 percent with 9 percent undecided and disapprove of his handling of the issue by a similar margin. They disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy by 53 percent to 42 percent with 5 percent undecided, compared to 48 percent who approved and 46 percent who disapproved in September
Oregon

SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22
2008 election: Obama 57 percent, McCain 40 percent

SurveyUSA says Oregonians are split on whether they approve or disapprove of Obama's job performance at 47 percent each, with 6 percent undecided. Independents (24 percent of the sample) disapprove of Obama's performance by 52 percent to 37 percent with 11 percent undecided. In September, 59 percent had approved of Obama's performance compared to 37 percent who didn't in SurveyUSA's poll.
South Carolina
2008 election: McCain 54 percent, Obama 45 percent
PPP says 49 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 46 percent approve, with 5 percent undecided.

Pennsylvania

Franklin & Marshall, Oct. 20-25; Quinnipiac University, Sept. 22-28

2008 election: Obama 54 percent, McCain 44 percent
F & M says Obama is seen favorably by 45 percent and unfavorably by 39 percent with 13 percent undecided, the first time since taking office that his favorable number was below 55 percent. Forty percent say he is doing an excellent or good job, 31 percent rate his performance as only fair, and 28 percent give him poor marks.
Quinnipiac says voters approve of the way Obama is handling his job by 49 percent to 42 percent with 9 percent undecided. They are split on his handling of the economy with 47 percent disapproving, 46 percent approving and 7 percent undecided. They oppose the health care plan Obama is pushing by 47 percent to 41 percent.
South Dakota
2008 election results: McCain 53 percent, Obama 45 percent
PPP says 52 percent disapprove of the job Obama is doing while 41 percent approve, with 8 percent undecided.
Texas
2008 election: McCain 55 percent, Obama 44 percent
Rasmussen says that 58 percent of Texans say the stimulus plan that Obama and Congress enacted earlier this year has hurt the economy, 26 percent said it has had no impact and 12 percent believe it has helped. Eighty-seven percent oppose the health care reform package being pushed by Obama and congressional Democrats (with 76 percent "strongly" opposing it) while 12 percent are in favor.
The University of Texas poll says 52 percent disapprove of Obama's performance compared to 41 percent who approve and 7 percent who have no opinion.
Utah
2008 election: McCain 62 percent, Obama 34 percent
Sixty percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 38 percent approve.
Virginia
2008 election: Obama 53 percent, McCain 46 percent
SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-22; Public Policy Polling, Oct. 31- Nov.1; Suffolk University, Oct. 26-28; Roanoke College, Oct. 21-27; Rasmussen Reports, Oct. 27; Virginia Commonwealth University, Oct. 21-25
SurveyUSA says Virginians disapprove of Obama's job performance by 60 percent to 37 percent with 3 percent undecided. Ninety-one percent of Republicans (42 percent of the sample) disapprove. A lesser 73 percent of Democrats (32 percent of the sample) approve of Obama's performance. Independents (26 percent of the sample) disapprove by 59 percent to 39 percent with 3 percent undecided.
Public Policy Polling says Virginians disapprove of Obama's performance by 52 percent to 41 percent with 6 percent undecided.
Suffolk says 50 percent approve of Obama's performance, 42 percent disapprove and 8 percent are undecided.
Roanoke says 46 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance, 45 percent approve and 10 percent give him mixed marks.
Rasmussen says 51 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance while 49 percent approve and 1 percent is undecided.
VCU says 49 percent rate Obama's performance excellent or good while 48 percent say it is fair or poor with 3 percent undecided.

Washington State

SurveyUSA, Nov. 20-28
2008 election: Obama 57 percent, McCain 40 percent

SurveyUSA says Washingtonians are split at 48 percent each, with 4 percent undecided, on whether they approve or not of Obama's job performance. Independents (35 percent of the sample) disapprove of his performance by 52 percent to 46 percent. The margin of error is 4.1 points. In September, SurveyUSA reported that 53 three percent approve of Obama's performance compared to 42 percent who disapprove with 4 percent undecided.

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin, Oct. 29 - Nov. 20; Public Policy Polling, Nov. 20-22
2008 election: Obama 56 percent, McCain 42 percent
The University of Wisconsin survey finds that 60 percent of adults approve of the job Obama is doing while 37 percent do not. His approval margin among independents is lower at 54 percent to 43 percent.

PPP says those approving or disapproving of Obama's job performance are tied at 47 percent each with 6 percent undecided. Voters oppose his health care plan by 52 percent to 37 percent with 11 percent undecided. Independents (37 percent of the sample) disapprove of Obama's performance by 50 percent to 42 percent with 7 percent undecided, and they are against his health care plan by 58 percent to 21 percent with 11 percent undecided.


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