Two-thirds of America’s whites are not college-educated. They make up the largest segment of America’s voters. According to a new Gallup poll result released on Wedsday, President Barack Obama’s overall job approval rating has dropped throughout the entire first six years of his presidency, and the greatest drop has been within this white non-college, working class group. The survey reveals that Obama’s approval has hit an all-time low with this group at 27 percent.
The group is being cited as the main cause of the devastation the Democrats received at the ballot box earlier this month. While the working class white voters give Obama the worst approval numbers, non-college-educated whites now lag college-educated whites by 14 percent behind. White college-educated voters give Obama a 41-percent approval rating. Of Obama’s six years in office, this latest Gallup poll shows the greatest gap between the white non-college-educated and white college-educated voters, according to a new Newsmax report. The current spread of 14 percent was a 12-point spread last year, a 10-point spread in 2010, and only a 6-point spread in 2009.
Gender-wise, Obama’s white support via approval is mostly from women. White female college graduates are most supportive of Obama with a 45-percent approval rating. White male non-college graduates make up Obama’s least supportive group with just 25 percent approval of the president coming from that sector of the population.
The same poll speaks to the approval rating from other races as well. The president’s approval rating among blacks is down to 85 percent. There was a time it was 10 points higher among blacks. His overall approval rating among Asians has dropped to 64 percent and down to just 53 percent among Hispanics – both groups which have very strongly supported Obama through his presidency and greatly helped him get elected in 2008 and again in 2012. Overall, among whites, Obama now has a 32 percent approval rating.
The results of the data used for this analysis for Gallup poll are based on telephone responses – 50 percent of which are cell phones respondents and 50 percent of which are landline respondents. The surveys are results of daily surveys taken from 2009 through the present with a random sampling of 355,000 adults who are aged 18 and older and living in all 50 of the United States and the District of Columbia from 2009 through 2012 annual responses, some 175,000 adults for 2013’s annual responses, and 149,150 adults for 2014’s responses thus far. The margin of error is up or down 1 percent with a 95 percent confidence level, according to Gallup.