WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Obama’s highest approval ratings for 2012 came from his birth state of Hawaii and his current home in Washington, D.C.

According to analysis of Gallup Daily tracking polls, President Obama received majority approval in 14 states and the District of Columbia, which is still less than the 26 states and D.C. that he carried in the 2012 presidential election.

Obama’s approval rating percentage in D.C. was at a staggering 82.4 percent and at 64.2 percent in Hawaii.

On the other hand, residents of Utah and Wyoming were the least likely to approve of President Obama in 2012, with fewer than three-in-ten residents giving him a positive review.

The states with the highest and lowest approval ratings are typically similar from year to year, with only minor shuffling of the rank order. This year, only one of the top 10 states (plus D.C.) is different in comparison to 2011, with Rhode Island moving into the top 10 and Illinois – where Obama was a senator — dropping out.

The states in which Obama had higher job approval ratings tend to be the same “blue states” he won in the election, while those in which he had lower ratings are the “red states” he lost. According to the Gallup poll data, the tipping point seems to be at about the 46 percent approval level.

Gallup notes that the two separate lists of state approval ratings should not necessarily be expected to match up because the approval data are based on the opinions of all adults in a state, while the election results are based on voters. Also, approval ratings generate “no opinion” responses, which tend to be lower than vote percentages.

Gallup also notes that the election results are from a limited time in the year — October and early November, when Obama’s overall approval rating was higher (above 50 percent) — as opposed to the approval data based on the entire calendar year.

Regionally, President Obama’s approval percentages were stronger in the Northeast and the Pacific Coast. His support is proportionally lower in the Mountain West, Plains and Southern states.


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