Gallup: Obama Approval Rating Down In All But Three States In 2011, Number Of States Below 40% Doubles To 20…

He’s obviously insanely vulnerable, but who’s our candidate? — Mitt Romney?

(LA Times) — President Obama’s job approval rating declined in all but three states in 2011, with some of the steepest declines coming in likely battlegrounds he must win this fall to claim a second term.

New state-by-state data released by Gallup on Tuesday shows that a majority of respondents approved of the president’s performance in only 10 states plus the District of Columbia, down from 13 a year earlier.

Meanwhile the number of states where his approval rating was below 40% doubled in 2011, from 10 to 20. That list now includes New Hampshire, where his approval rating was 38.7% — the lowest score in any of the states he carried in 2008.

Put into electoral terms, states with majority approval of Obama in 2011 account for 159 electoral votes, Gallup’s Jeffrey Jones points out. Those states where he is below 40% account for 153 electoral votes.

The remaining 226 electoral votes include the key prizes of Ohio (42.1% approval), Pennsylvania (45% approval) and Florida (43.6% approval).

“His approval rating is a key indicator of his electoral vote chances, but it alone will not dictate his success,” Jones writes. Voter turnout and the identity of Obama’s Republican opponent will also play a role.

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