The Gallup poll released Monday found Obama's approval is highest in the District of Columbia, at 82.4 percent, followed by his native state of Hawaii, with 64.2 percent. In third place is Vermont, with 59.1 percent.

The poll's findings for states with the highest approval ratings for Obama in 2012 are similar to the survey's findings in 2011. Just one state fell from the top 10 states where Obama's approval is highest: Illinois, the state where Obama served as senator, was knocked out by Rhode Island.

Meanwhile, Kentucky and South Dakota were replaced by Alabama and Nebraska in the 11 states with the lowest approval rating for the president. Obama's approval in Nebraska is 37 percent, the poll found, and just 36.9 percent approve of the president in Alabama.

The survey's 2012 findings in general showed Obama with higher approval ratings in states he won in his last election, while his lowest were states he lost.

The poll was conducted from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 among 165,427 adults in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. It had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.