Minnesotans will love Obama no matter what


During his first week of presidency, Barack Obama had nearly a 70 percent approval rating nationwide. We're more than a month out and his rating has dipping by more than double digits in many states.

As if we should be surprised: Minnesotans still love him.

Smart Politics took a look at SurveyUSA's new polling in 14 states from late February. More from Smart Politics:
The number of respondents who had not yet formed an opinion about Obama's performance across all states surveyed dropped from 13 percent in January to just 5 percent in February. In between, Obama signed into law the controversial American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - legislation that unified nearly all Republicans on Capitol Hill in opposition to the purported stimulus package.

Approval for Obama declined from 68 percent in January to 59 percent in February across the 14 states polled by SurveyUSA: Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Support dropped by double digits in five of these states, including Wisconsin (-10 points) and the Democratic strongholds of California (-14) and Massachusetts (-12).

In Minnesota, his approval fell by just 2 points during the past month: 64 percent to 62 percent. That's the smallest drop in any of the states polled. Minnesotans expressing disapproval went up by 11 points. Minnesota (-13 points) and Iowa (-15) had the lowest net approval drop. The 14-state average was 23.9 points.

Read the full report about the other states here.