The Gallup organization tracked polling results by state in the first six months of this year, and it appears that the President is in trouble, based on his job approval ratings. Only 13 states* and the District of Columbia (natch!) give him a majority, and most of them are predictably ”blue” states.
Gallup notes that among the states giving him the highest approval ratings are several that are “rich in electoral votes” — New York, California, and Illinois are in the majority column. Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia — all key battleground states — sit at 46%, with North Carolina and Ohio not far behind.
Most Ohioans I have talked to are not very enthusiastic about either the President or Mitt Romney, because of the intense negativity that has already infested both campaigns. Our politics have become so polarized that the truth is hard to determine, and even where the truth becomes known, a third to half of the electorate will not believe it. However, being practical people, most Ohioans are not quite ready to think outside the box.
We all need to remember that nothing will change until we change our thinking about politics.
* Assuming that Minnesota’s 50% was rounded down.