By Eli Yokley
July 19, 2022 at 5:00 am ET
While most Democratic governors facing competitive re-election bids have seen their popularity decline since President Joe Biden took office, Morning Consult Political Intelligence surveys show most of this movement is marginal, and all of these incumbents remain more popular in their states than the beleaguered commander-in-chief.
The latest surveys, conducted April 1-June 30, 2022, show that — with only a few exceptions — most Democratic governors have been able to float above their party’s deteriorating political environment.
In Michigan and Nevada, for example, half of voters approve of the jobs Govs. Gretchen Whitmer and Steve Sisolak are doing as they face tossup contests this fall, even though more disapprove of Biden.
That dynamic is especially true for Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), whose 57% approval rating has been remarkably consistent throughout Biden’s tenure despite the president’s 12-point decline, to 45%, since the first quarter of 2021. With slight declines for a handful of other top state executives, the steadiness of Polis’ popularity has propelled him to the list of America’s 10 most popular governors for the first time.
For Morning Consult’s state-level survey data, weights are applied to each state separately based on age, gender, education, race, home ownership, marital status, presidential voting history and — for a subset of states — race by education as well as an age-by-gender interaction.
Margins of error for responses from all voters in each state range from 1 to 5 points. For more detailed information, you can download the 50-state data set of gubernatorial approval ratings among all voters here.