Graph of the Day for August 10, 2010

Randall Hoven
"As should be clear, Obama's victory was geographically narrower than Reagan's, LBJ's, Ike's or FDR's. Substantially so. Obama did much more poorly in rural and small town locales. They have a history of progressive/liberal support, but Obama was unable to place himself in the rural progressive tradition of William Jennings Bryan. This makes his coalition the most one-sided of any on the [below] maps. Most of his political support comes from the big cities and the inner suburbs. The exurbs, small towns, and rural areas generally voted Republican (with notable exceptions in the Upper Midwest)."  Jay Cost.


Voting patterns in "landside" presidential elections


Yellow = Democrat.  Blue = Republican.  Darker yellow/brown = more heavily Democrat.  Darker blue = more heavily Republican.

Source:  Jay Cost, Real Clear Politics.


Hoven's Index for August 10, 2010


President Obama job approval ratings:

Approval on January 21, 2009 (first day in office):  65%

Disapproval on Jan. 21, 2009:  30%

Strongly disapprove on Jan. 4, 2009:  16%

Approval on August 4, 2010:  46%

Disapproval on Aug. 4, 2010:  53%

Strongly disapprove on Aug. 4, 2010:  42%

Approval by whites:  38%

Approval by blacks:  88%

Sources:  Rasmussen and Gallup.


Graph of the Day Archive.

"As should be clear, Obama's victory was geographically narrower than Reagan's, LBJ's, Ike's or FDR's. Substantially so. Obama did much more poorly in rural and small town locales. They have a history of progressive/liberal support, but Obama was unable to place himself in the rural progressive tradition of William Jennings Bryan. This makes his coalition the most one-sided of any on the [below] maps. Most of his political support comes from the big cities and the inner suburbs. The exurbs, small towns, and rural areas generally voted Republican (with notable exceptions in the Upper Midwest)."  Jay Cost.


Voting patterns in "landside" presidential elections


Yellow = Democrat.  Blue = Republican.  Darker yellow/brown = more heavily Democrat.  Darker blue = more heavily Republican.

Source:  Jay Cost, Real Clear Politics.


Hoven's Index for August 10, 2010


President Obama job approval ratings:

Approval on January 21, 2009 (first day in office):  65%

Disapproval on Jan. 21, 2009:  30%

Strongly disapprove on Jan. 4, 2009:  16%

Approval on August 4, 2010:  46%

Disapproval on Aug. 4, 2010:  53%

Strongly disapprove on Aug. 4, 2010:  42%

Approval by whites:  38%

Approval by blacks:  88%

Sources:  Rasmussen and Gallup.


Graph of the Day Archive.