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D.C. "Most Democratic Spot in Nation"

Washington Post Polling Analyst Jennifer Agiesta posted the following entry on DC Wire's sister blog, Behind the Numbers. If you didn't catch it, you can read it below. It shows that President Obama remains wildly popular in the District, a city he carried with 93 percent of the vote in 2008.

Friendly new home turf for Obama in D.C.

A new Washington Post poll finds strong approval ratings for President Obama among Washington, D.C. residents, with nearly nine in 10 Washingtonians saying they approve of the way Obama is handing his job one year after he and his family took up residence at the most famous address in the District. Six in 10 strongly approve.

The new data dovetail with a fresh analysis from Gallup showing the District ranking as the most Democratic spot in the nation.

Obama's overall rating in D.C. far outpaces his 53 percent mark nationally in the latest Post-ABC poll, with the difference all among whites. White residents of D.C. give Obama a 79 percent approval rating, while nationally, Obama rates 44 percent approval among whites and 52 percent among whites who live in urban areas, according to the Post-ABC poll. Blacks in D.C. give Obama a 95 percent approval rating, about the same as his 96 percent mark nationally.

The difference between whites in the District and nationally is largely a partisan one.

Nationwide, just over a quarter of whites consider themselves Democrats, according to Post-ABC News polling, but in the District, the Post poll shows around six in 10 whites identify with the president's party.

Gallup's analysis of 2009 data finds that overall, Democrats held a 66 percentage point advantage over the GOP in the District for the year, more than doubling the margin among the next most Democratic state, Rhode Island, where Democrats posted a 32-point lead.

Full results from the Post's Washington, D.C. poll can be found here.

Q. On another subject, do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president? Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?

------ Approve -------- ------ Disapprove ----- No
NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opin.
All 87 60 27 11 4 6 2
White 79 42 37 20 9 11 1
Black 95 73 22 3 1 2 2

--Jennifer Agiesta

By Tim Craig  |  February 1, 2010; 8:32 PM ET
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And they thoroughly deserve each other.

Another feather in DC's cap, along with having the highest illiteracy rate in the country, one of the highest crime rates, the worst schools, confiscatory taxes, and the worst roads.

It's quite an example for the rest of the country to aspire towards ...

Posted by: gitarre | February 2, 2010 4:29 AM | Report abuse

One party rule. thanks a bunch Carol Schwartz.

Posted by: billthrice | February 2, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

this is a good reason for the district to be joined with maryland...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 2, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

This is a good reason for the District to be joined with Virginia...

Posted by: hayesap8 | February 2, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow gitarre, facts don't seem to bother you one bit. 3 states (including CA, FL, and NY) have higher illiteracy rates, and DC is tied with TX. Not great, but not the worst either. And your rime stats would've been correct...if this was the early '90s.
Maybe if carpet baggers from VA and MD who use our roads everyday paid somehting for destroying them, then they would be in better shape.
Love folks who hate on DC, yet they come here everyday to work and play. If it disgusts you so much, stay out.

Posted by: thadude33 | February 2, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

..."To my fellow Democratic friends I say..."POUR IT ON...

..."On Government intervention, I say..."POUR IT ON...

..."On Health Care Reform..."I say..."POUR IT ON...

..."On Putting American's back to work and rebuilding America infrastructure I say...

...."POUR IT ON!!

To passing a hundred Billion dollar jobs Bill to put America's 25 Million Unemployed to work I Say..."POUR IT ON...

..."Its the right thing to do...

Posted by: ztcb41 | February 2, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I wonder where the "Most Republican Spot in the Nation" is. Wyoming? Idaho? Alaska? Utah?

I wonder if their levels of crime, illiteracy, welfare dependency, racial conflict and violence, local government corruption, teen pregnancy, etc are higher or lower than in the "Most Democratic Spot in the Nation"?

Posted by: JERRYB1 | February 2, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

DC is The Democratic Party Stronghold. Every Democratic Candidate for President since DC has had electoral votes has gotten 3 votes here. In 2002, Mayor Williams re-election bid during the primary was rejected, and he was not printed on the ballot. So, he ran as a write-in candidate, and won BOTH PRIMARIES.

In 2008, Republicans allowed Mara to run against Schwartz, the only Republican in the DC City Council. Mara won his primary, but he lost the general election to another minority party's candidate, and now the Republicans have NO VOICE AT ALL.

I am independent, but because the DC Primary System is closed, I registered with the Democrats. There is no other way to be heard.

Posted by: thatGuyinSW | February 2, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Don't know where some contributors are getting their data, but according to the Statistical Abstract, DC is in the middle of the pack in terms of illiteracy, BUT this most Democratic spot also far outstrips any state in the percentage of citizens with at least an undergraduate college degree - almost 50%!

Posted by: CheneyM | February 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow !! Are there THAT MANY Illegal Aliens in D.C. ?

Posted by: catinhat83510496 | February 2, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

No you are wrong...DC is not Democratic, it is Socialist.

Posted by: nativeva1 | February 2, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

of course if that were small "d" instead of "D", there would be a good argument that we are the "Most UN-democratic Spot in the Nation" with no control over our local laws, no statehood, at the whim of other people's representatives.

Posted by: dcerWP | February 2, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

LOL! :-D

It just breaks my Heart to think about how they do not get Congressional Representation!



It does! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 2, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

C'mon down to Georgia gitarre, we make health and literacy in Cuba look sterling! An appallingly disenfranchised DC is doing far better on less freedom and fewer resources. (Need I mention in passing that you are a bigoted jerk?)

Posted by: fr3dmars | February 3, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

with stooges like M Barry and Y Alexander as leaders...DC with stay Stuck on Stupid!

Posted by: billthrice | February 3, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Funny! D.C. is 90% fatherless welfare garbage and proud of it! Dey be cheerin' on dey man Odumbo and his reparations policies, too!!

Posted by: tjhall1 | February 3, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

always with the race factor. perhaps if this card is not dealt it will disapear

Posted by: pofinpa | February 3, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I thought Mayor Anthony Williams had us on the right track. The roads, garbage pickup, charter schools are working great. It's just the public schools; but Michelle Rhee is supposed to be one of the best in the nation, she already killed about 300 teachers on performance, let's give her time and just see. I don't care how illiterate the District is the Constitution allows representation for all US cities, states, and commonwealth's, so DC deserves representation or they should stop forcing us to pay federal income taxes. You can’t have taxes without representation, we fought wars over that.

Posted by: madstamina | February 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Maybe after we retire his a** in '12, ObeyMe can settle into a nice little meth (gotta have an update for the new century-coke is so 1980s) habit and become a lifer as Marion Berry's protege? Otherwise, who the h*** cares unless the cat-herder in chief plans to retire to DC's congressional observer/cheerleader/aerobics instructor seat. Certainly, it's been an option in the past for those who could not find honest employment; a category that seems more suited for the Presidet at every turn of the deficit clock and with each new national insecurity demonstration.

Posted by: UncomfortableTruths | February 3, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

With only a few exceptions (such as VT), it would seem that the closer people live to their neighbor, the more Democratic they will likely be.

There are some practical reasons for that, for instance, having your neighbor armed to the teeth may be fine if you live a mile from him, but if he is the weird guy upstairs you might not find the idea so attractive. Likewise welfare for poor people sounds great if you have to step over them to get out your front door, but if you don't see them because they live too far away then why support spending the money? Then again if you live on a farm, "farm supports" aka "welfare for farmers" sounds like a wonderful idea, but if you live in a city it sounds like a give-away to people that really don't need it and can't compete in the open market that the supposedly support.

Posted by: cyberfool | February 3, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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