17 January 2006

SurveyUSA State-by-State

Now, I've been proud to be from Massachusetts since before the days that I could spell it. Today is a fine day to mention that, as it's Benjamin Franklin's (300th) birthday. No matter what those Illadelphites might wish, Benny was our boy first, even if we did chase him out of town and lock up his brother.

But that's neither here nor there. Today, I have new reason to be proud to call The Bay State home: Only two states, Rhode Island and Vermont (to which I can also lay claim) disapprove of Pres. George W. Bush more than we do. RI leads the way with an astronomical net approve/disapprove of -39%, after which comes VT at -33%. Massachusetts follows, with Delaware at -32%. That's double the national weighted average of -15%. To put that in some perspective, only two US Senators have a net approval rating of -1%. Yet, Pres. Bush averages -15%. That's impressive.

In fact, only twelve states have a net approval rating of our Commander-in-Chief, with Utah leading the way at +26%. Just to let you know the caliber of the opposition, the top five include Idaho(19%), Nebraska(14%), Wyoming (13% and home to VP) and Texas (13% and home to, well, everyone else in the admin.).

Now, of course, we must find a way to ensure that these numbers carry over to Republican candidates in at least the 38 states that don't approve of him, and preferably all 50. One thing we can glean from the basically positive ratings for (nearly) all Senators is that Bush can't drag down every Republican to his level. We're going to have to help them get down there. Any good ideas?


Blogger Ivan Ludmer said...

I'd be curious to see the weighted average, not by population, but by electoral college proportion. I think it would have to be somewhere between the -11% of the unweighted average and the -15% of the average weighted by population, but it might be surprising.

18 January, 2006 14:38  
Blogger W A Hurd said...

I thought about doing that yesterday. Perhaps that will be my next move ... after I finish registering for classes.

18 January, 2006 14:47  

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