Nevertheless, there is no overall relationship between Mr. Obama’s state-by-state approval ratings and statewide economic performance.
Some of the numbers even point in the opposite direction: Mr. Obama’s approval ratings are holding up better in states where the economy is worse, and vice versa.
This is article points out a major difference between the ways more liberal people think as compared to more conservative.
The person that titled this article has to be liberal to even consider the contents a paradox. After all, a paradox is "a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.." They thus think it is absurd that people that live in a state that tops the charts in the US for economic performance would have the lower than average opinions of President Obama.
But, for a conservative this isn't an absurd thought, in fact it makes complete and total sense.
North Dakota is full of people that are independent, self-sufficient, hard-working, and much more likely to help their friends, relatives and neighbors than send them to the Fed for a handout. So, a president that wants to make more people dependent on Uncle Sam won't be looked upon favorably.
Not to mention, North Dakotans are smart enough to realize that all the oil money that is helping their state right now started under the Bush Administration.