Although Barack Obama’s popularity among Democrats is high on average, according to a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen, there is not universal support by his partisans when examined according to different demographic groups.

Among all Democrats, 51% strongly approve of Obama’s presidency, while 82% voice some support. Examined racially, 75% of Black Democrats strongly approve of Obama, and only 40% of White Democrats voice the same position.

Looked at ideologically, 60% of Liberal Democrats strongly approve of his presidency; 14% of conservative Democrats agree. I’d wish that Rasmussen detailed the regional crosstabs for this result, especially. This is because in the South, to name one region, many people are still registered as Democrats even though they would only rarely vote for that party’s candidate. For example, in Louisiana I believe that Democrats still have the registration edge. Yet the only Democrat who has been elected to statewide office recently is Mary Landrieu. Even David Vitter, who shamed himself and the state with his ‘exploits’, won a landslide victory in November.

Examined more universally, Obama’s popularity among all whites in the nation stands at 38% while 94% of Africans approve of his presidency. His overall popularity remains in the mid-40’s, according to Rasmussen.

What can Obama do to increase his popularity at this point? First, his popularity is likely to rise now that he has John Boehner as a political foil. For the first two years, Obama has associated himself with the inane policies of Pelosi and her band liberal loons.

Second, unemployment may very well decline to a more manageable level in the next year, something below 8%. This will mitigate some of the deficit problems, which now appear to be insurmountable. He will also get credit for this, regardless of what credit goes to him, and what credit goes to the business cycle. If unemployment stays as high as it has been, he will likely be toast in 2012.

Third, a president’s popularity usually rises once the other party begins choosing their nominee to run against him. This is because people don’t evaluate him according to each person’s standard of competence, but against another candidate, and what they offer. So, for example, since many voters found John Kerry incongruous, George Bush’s popularity rose.