It’s a foregone conclusion that North Dakota is going to support the Republican presidential candidate. North Dakota hasn’t voted for a Democrat for President since LBJ. That being said, these poll results are surprising in that the represent a big decline in support for Obama. The Democrat won the state with 44.6% of the vote in 2008.
Right now he’s got just 36% support according to a new poll from Rasmussen. That’s really bad news, but less for Obama (who, again, never really had a chance to win the state) than for North Dakota Democrats. This shows just how heavy a burden Obama will be for their candidates heading into election day.
This also explains why candidates like Heidi Heitkamp and Pam Gulleson are working so hard to distance themselves from the President and their national party, up to and including trying to hide video of Heitkamp specifically saying Obama was going to be “amazing” in 2008, even though both are voting for the President again and both are still members of that party.
Also, among North Dakotans, 58% disapprove of President Obama including 46% who strongly disapprove:
Additional results: 42% of respondents say the economy will get worse if Obama/Democrats stay in power versus 14% who say it will get better.
Again, that would seem to indicate that North Dakotans aren’t going to be very receptive to the idea that sending more Democrats to Washington will fix what ails the country.