PARKERSBURG - President Obama's approval numbers in West Virginia are worse only in Wyoming, a polling company said on Friday.
The president has an approval rating of 32 percent and a disapproval rating of 62 percent likely voters in West Virginia, Public Policy Polling said.
Among Democrats in the Mountain State, Obama has an approval rating of 49 percent, the company said. Among independents, the president has an approval rating of 23 percent and only 6 percent with Republicans, Public Policy said.
Obama trails Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Perry by similar margins to his 13-point loss against John McCain in 2008 in West Virginia. Romney leads by 12 points at 49-37 and Perry has an 11 point advantage at 49-38.
Both of the GOP front runners hold Obama to only about 60 percent of the Democratic vote and they lead him by margins of greater than 20 points with independents, the company said. Obama would do better than the lesser-favored Republicans, but still trails Michele Bachmann by 9 points at 48-39 and Newt Gingrich by 5 points at 45-40.
What would really give Obama a shot to take West Virginia is if Sarah Palin made a last-minute entry in the Republican race and somehow finagled the nomination, the company said. Obama would trail her by a 45-42 margin, the company said.
"Even with its strong Democratic ancestry it's hard to imagine West Virginia going blue in a presidential election again anytime soon," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. "The national Democratic Party just isn't in tune with West Virginia Democrats."
PPP surveyed 708 likely West Virginia voters from Sept. 1-4. The margin of error is 3.7 percent.