Gallupp rreleased its final digest of presidential approval numbers.
And throughout 2011, the news was bad for Obama. His net approval was only above 50% in ten states plus DC, according to Gallup:
In 10 states plus the District of Columbia, a majority of residents approved of the job Barack Obama was doing as president last year, according to aggregated data from 2011. His greatest support came from District of Columbia, Maryland, and Hawaii residents, while Utah and Idaho residents gave him his lowest levels of support — below 30%.
Now, let’s remember it’s still early in the year, and that the Democrat noise machine and media (pardon the redundancy) willl eke out some more points for The One, and that this is an aggregate approval number, not a candidate-vs-candidate number.
And memes like “No president has ever (gotten some number or another) and still won the election” tend to be true until they’re not.
But if you accept the meme that no President with popularity below 50% has ever won re-election, and you apply that number state-by-state, it looks rought for The One, according to Conn Carroll at the WashEx:
Carroll (with emphasis added):
Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.
Again, that’s just popularity numbers based on the old “50%” meme. Maybe it sticks, maybe it doesn’t.
But bit by bit, I think this election might be doable – if we Real Americans don’t shoot ourselves in the foot.