A Gallup poll tracking President Obama’s approval ratings last year places the Palmetto State near the middle, not a typical spot for the state’s political leanings. South Carolina gave the President a 56.1% approval, which is middle of the pack among states. The percentage of South Carolina’s voters who lean toward the Democratic side is 43 percent. North Carolina’s Obama rating was less than a point less than South Carolina’s, even though the percentage of Democratic voters there is 4 percent higher, around 47 percent. Georgia’s rating was similar at 55.6 percent.
Approval toward the president was particularly high in the states that gave him the most support in the 2008 election, led by Hawaii and Washington, D.C. His lowest support as president came from states that voted strongly for John McCain, particularly Wyoming and a number of other Western states.
Obama’s home state–Illinois–was among the most favorable with 65.2% approving. Aside from California and New York, the remaining states in Obama’s top 10 are all in New England.
Obama’s overall average approval rating in 2009 was 57.6%, slightly different from the 57% Gallup calculated for his first year.