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Monday, September 21, 2009

Barack Obama Is Hugely Popular All Across the Country—Except In the South. Gee, What Could The Problem Possibly Be?

Posted by Dan Savage on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 10:25 AM

The Monkey Cage:

One other interesting point from the Daily Kos data: despite all the noise about Obama’s falling approval ratings, outside of the South 82% of those in the Northeast have a favorable view of Obama (vs. 10% having an unfavorable view), 62% have a favorable view (vs. 31%) in the Midwest, and 59% (vs. 34%) have a favorable view in the West. It is only in the South, where 67% (!) have an unfavorable view of the president (vs. 27% holding a favorable view) that Obama appears to have a serious problem. Again, the regional distribution is quite dramatic.

Taken together, I wonder if we’ve hit the point where the mainstream media ought to be reporting support for the president, congress, political parties, etc. not in terms of the country as a whole, but rather by providing two numbers: support in the South and support in the rest of the country excluding the South?

Via Yglesias.

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