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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Obama dumped by working-class whites

Just 27 percent say he’s OK

President Obama (Associated Press)

President Obama’s overall poll numbers with average Americans may have dumped in recent months to all-time lows — but the news gets even worse with working-class whites, who see him as a near-insufferable failure.
Gallup finds this segment of society — the white, non-college graduate bunch — only gives Mr. Obama a 27 percent thumbs-up for job performance.

White college graduates give him a slightly better nod, the 

poll reported. About 41 percent of this grouping say they 

agree with Mr. Obama’s job performance — about the same

 figure recorded for average America over the last few

 months, various polls showed.
Gallup also found that “Democrats and the president

 do better among white women than among white men,” and

 that again, education level plays a factor, For example, the 

president’s approval rating hits a high of 45 percent among

 white female college graduates — but drops to a low of 25

 percent among white male non-college graduates.
And with whites, youth plays into the approval ratings, too.
“Obama does better with younger Americans than with those

 who are older, but the education gap is evident across all 

age groups,” Gallup reported.
By the numbers: The president’s approval among 18- to 29-

year-old white college graduates is 17 points higher than the

 rating given by those in the same age grouping, but of non-

college graduate status, Gallup reported.
Why care?
“Given its sheer size, the working-class white population in

 the U.S. is of keen importance to politicians and strategists

 on both sides of the aisle, and many discussions

 and strategy sessions have focused on the complex set of

 attitudes and life positions which, as evidenced by these

 data, have pushed this group further from the Democratic

 president over the past six years,” Gallup said.
The findings are based on telephone interviews conducted 

from 2009 through October 2014, with random samples of

 355,000 adults, ages 18 and older. The margin of sampling

 error for one aspect of the poll — the results that were


on the total sample of adults in each yearly average — is

 plus-or-minus 1 percentage point.

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