WASHINGTON — President Obama’s approval ratings in Colorado dropped to 42 percent last year, according to a Gallup tracking poll.
A year after he secured 51.4 percent of the vote in Colorado, President Obama saw his job-approval ratings plunge to an average of 42.3 percent in 2013.
The nine-point drop was the second most precipitous of the swing-states that Obama carried in his successful re-election campaign, the Gallup survey showed. In Iowa, the president’s approval ratings fell 9.5 percentage points.
The numbers come from Gallup’s daily tracking of 178,000 Americans in 2013. The poll had a margin of error of plus-or-minus one percent and had a minimum of 1,000 respondents in 40 states.
The slide in support represents an historic reverse for President Obama in the Centennial State. In 2012, Obama became the first Democratic president to carry Colorado in consecutive elections since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.
Obama’s national approval ratings have not dropped as much as President George W. Bush’s, according to Gallup polling. Obama’s job-approval numbers were 46.5 last year, a figure higher than Bush’s at 43 percent in January 2006.
Yet President Obama’s figures have been more in line with those of Bush, Richard Nixon, and Harry Truman than Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan in their second terms. Clinton’s average second-term approval ratings were 61 percent and Reagan’s 55 percent, according to Gallup.
Privately, Democratic aides acknowledge that the success of their candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections will be tied to those of the President’s.
Some conservatives have been acting as if they agree. I Am Created Equal Action Fund, a nonprofit organization, is running a radio and online ad that shows Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) playing a round of golf with Obama last May. It criticizes Udall for his vote for the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and reiteration of Obama’s promise that Americans like their health-care policies they can keep them.
For Colorado, the drop in Obama’s approval numbers suggest state voters have inched to the right. Coloradans’ support for the Democrat (51.4 percent) were the closest to those of his nationally (51.0 percent). Now Coloradans’ support for Obama has dropped more (9 percentage points) than those nationally (5 percentage points).