Morning Consult conducted a poll nationwide to determine the most popular governors in the United States. What they found was that each one had one thing in common. Apparently, anyone who has this trait is popular with it’s residents. What is that trait? Being a republican. Every single governor in the top ten are republicans, including two very dark blue states, Vermont and Massachusetts. In fact, Charley Baker in Mass had the highest popularity rating of 75%.
Each of the top ten governors is Republican, starting with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker who holds a 75 percent approval rating, and ends with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who has a 63 percent approval rating.
The list also featured Republican Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Phil Scott of Vermont, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Greg Abbott of Texas, Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Gary Herbert of Utah.
-Dan Malloy of Connecticut remains the most unpopular Democratic governor in the country, although he has bettered his image slightly among his constituents. Almost 3 in 10 (29 percent) of voters in Connecticut approve of his job performance, up from 26 percent in September. His disapproval is down, to 66 percent from 70 percent, from our previous rankings.
-Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has improved his standing in traditionally blue Illinois. Forty-two percent of Illinoisans now approve of Rauner, up from 33 percent in September, while his disapproval rating has dropped from 56 percent to 49 percent over the same time period.
-Florida Gov. Rick Scott is also trending up. The Republican’s approval rating is up 8 points, from 49 percent to 57 percent, and his disapproval rating dropped 6 points, from 42 percent to 36 percent.