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Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 02/01/2010

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

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  01:15 PM ET, 02/01/2010

Categories:  Barack Obama, Barack Obama

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