NPR Poll: Obama Even More Unpopular in Battleground States

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 09:06 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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An NPR poll of likely voters in the 12 states with competitive Senate races in the midterms found President Obama is more unpopular in those places than he is nationwide.

Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job the president is doing, compared with 53 percent nationally, the latter being the results of a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week.

Eight of the 12 states – Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina and West Virginia -- voted for Mitt Romney over Obama in 2012, according to NPR. The remaining four – Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire – supported Obama.

The poll results don’t bode well for Democrats in the contested November Senate races. While both Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly indicated they would support the candidate from their party, 46 percent of independents said they would support the Republican candidate, compared with just 38 percent favoring the Democrat.

The GOP also garners more trust from those surveyed on the issues of the economy (47 percent), healthcare (45 percent), and foreign policy (50 percent). The political parties tied at 42 percent on the question about which was more trustworthy on ensuring the future of the middle class.

It wasn’t all good news for Republicans. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed disapproved of the job the GOP is doing running the House of Representatives, while 64 percent were unhappy with the job Democrats are doing leading the Senate.

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