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Baker Remains Most Popular Governor

For the seventh quarter in a row, polling by Morning Consult shows that the ten most popular governors in America are all Republicans. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker topped the list with a 70 percent approval rating, followed closely by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, at 67 percent. That pair has topped the last several polls in spite of being Republicans in very blue states.

 

Other GOP govs on the list include Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. All but Sandoval, Deal, Daugaard and Herbert are seeking re-election in November – Utah does not have a gubernatorial election until 2020 and the other three are termed out.

 

Republicans also dominate the bottom 10 list, headed by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Just 17 percent of Sooner State residents approve of the job she is doing as the state’s chief executive, with a whopping 75 percent that disapprove. Outgoing Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) is next, with only 20 percent of Constitution State residents happy about his job performance and 70 percent disapproving.

 

They are followed by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. All are Republicans except for Raimondo, who is a Democrat, and Bill Walker, a former Republican turned Independent. Rauner, both Walkers and Raimondo are standing for re-election next month, with the others either termed out (Martinez, Snyder, LePage, Fallin), opting to not seek a new term (Malloy) or not up for re-election this year (Bevin).

 

Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) experienced the biggest shift in public opinion, with his approval rating jumping by 20 points from the previous quarter. (MORNING CONSULT, MASSLIVE.COM)