President Barack Obama still has solid job approval ratings in Hawaii, but his level of support has slipped since March, according to a new survey.
Public Policy Polling found Obama’s job approval rating at 56 percent, down from 64 percent in March. The Raleigh, N.C., polling firm said the president still remains more popular in Hawaii than in any other state it has polled this year.
The new survey also shows Obama with substantial leads over his top Republican rivals in Hawaii. The president is up over business executive Herman Cain 63 percent to 30 percent – a 33-percentage point gap — and up over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 59 percent to 32 percent – a 27-point gap.
Obama beat U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., by 45 points in Hawaii in 2008 — 72 percent to 27 percent.
Political analysts estimate that if Obama gets into the 60 percent to 65 percent range next year that it will be difficult for former Gov. Linda Lingle, a Republican, to win the U.S. Senate race over U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono or former congressman Ed Case, the Democratic candidates.
The Public Policy Polling survey was taken through automated telephone calls with 568 voters from Oct. 13 to Oct. 16. The margin of error was 4.1 percentage points.