Political Intelligence | Q2 2019
Morning Consult's Governor Approval Rankings

On a daily basis, Morning Consult is surveying over 5,000 registered voters across the United States on their governor. Each quarter, we’ll update this page with the latest survey data, providing an in-depth look at how all 50 governors stand with voters in their state.

 

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The 10 Most Popular and Unpopular Governors
The most popular and unpopular governors are respectively determined by total approval and total disapproval, with net approval (approval minus disapproval) serving as the tiebreaker.
1
Charlie
Baker
(R - MA)
 73%  14%
2
Larry
Hogan
(R - MD)
 70%  16%
3
Chris
Sununu
(R - NH)
 65%  23%
4
Phil
Scott
(R - VT)
 60%  26%
5
Mark
Gordon
(R - WY)
 59%  9%
6
Doug
Burgum
(R - ND)
 59%  19%
7
Asa
Hutchinson
(R - AR)
 59%  24%
8
Greg
Abbott
(R - TX)
 58%  24%
9
Bill
Lee
(R - TN)
 57%  18%
10
Ron
DeSantis
(R - FL)
 57%  20%

Governor Lookup

Search for a governor to view how their approval has shifted over time, as well as their net approval with each party’s voters. Historical data extends back as far as Morning Consult has tracked for each governor, and is not displayed for those governors in their first term.

Each governor is assigned a rank to contextualize their approval. The rank is determined by total approval, with net approval serving as a tie-breaker.

Net approval:
All voters
Democrats
Republicans
Independents
Rank
Approval over time:
Approval Disapproval
This is the first quarter of their first term. Check back next quarter for trend data.

Sortable Table

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Approve
Don't Know
Disapprove
  • Charlie Baker (R-MA)
    73% 13% 14%
  • Larry Hogan (R-MD)
    70% 14% 16%
  • Chris Sununu (R-NH)
    65% 12% 23%
  • Phil Scott (R-VT)
    60% 14% 26%
  • Doug Burgum (R-ND)
    59% 22% 19%
  • Mark Gordon (R-WY)
    59% 33% 9%
  • Asa Hutchinson (R-AR)
    59% 17% 24%
  • Greg Abbott (R-TX)
    58% 18% 24%
  • Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
    57% 23% 20%
  • Kay Ivey (R-AL)
    57% 14% 29%
  • Bill Lee (R-TN)
    57% 26% 18%
  • Brad Little (R-ID)
    57% 22% 21%
  • Henry McMaster (R-SC)
    55% 20% 25%
  • Kevin Stitt (R-OK)
    55% 26% 19%
  • Steve Bullock (D-MT)
    54% 17% 29%
  • John Carney (D-DE)
    54% 20% 27%
  • Gary Herbert (R-UT)
    54% 18% 29%
  • Pete Ricketts (R-NE)
    54% 12% 34%
  • Phil Bryant (R-MS)
    53% 20% 27%
  • Doug Ducey (R-AZ)
    53% 18% 29%
  • Tom Wolf (D-PA)
    53% 15% 33%
  • Brian Kemp (R-GA)
    52% 20% 29%
  • Eric Holcomb (R-IN)
    50% 28% 22%
  • Janet Mills (D-ME)
    50% 10% 40%
  • Roy Cooper III (D-NC)
    49% 22% 29%
  • Mike Dunleavy (R-AK)
    49% 19% 32%
  • Tony Evers (D-WI)
    49% 18% 34%
  • David Ige (D-HI)
    49% 17% 34%
  • Laura Kelly (D-KS)
    49% 29% 22%
  • Kristi Noem (R-SD)
    49% 11% 40%
  • Steve Sisolak (D-NV)
    49% 25% 27%
  • Tim Walz (D-MN)
    49% 21% 31%
  • John Bel Edwards (D-LA)
    47% 20% 33%
  • Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)
    47% 12% 41%
  • Jay Inslee (D-WA)
    47% 18% 35%
  • Mike Parson (R-MO)
    47% 30% 23%
  • Mike DeWine (R-OH)
    45% 22% 33%
  • Jared Polis (D-CO)
    45% 20% 35%
  • Kim Reynolds (R-IA)
    45% 17% 38%
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
    44% 14% 43%
  • Phil Murphy (D-NJ)
    44% 18% 38%
  • JB Pritzker (D-IL)
    44% 21% 35%
  • Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
    44% 22% 34%
  • Jim Justice (R-WV)
    43% 15% 43%
  • Gavin Newsom (D-CA)
    43% 24% 33%
  • Ralph Northam (D-VA)
    42% 21% 37%
  • Kate Brown (D-OR)
    41% 14% 45%
  • Gina Raimondo (D-RI)
    38% 7% 55%
  • Matt Bevin (R-KY)
    32% 13% 56%
  • Ned Lamont (D-CT)
    32% 21% 48%
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Insights
A deeper look at some of the trends behind the data.

Note: This section may contain more recent data than what is incorporated in the latest quarterly rankings.
Posted: 07/17/2019
On Average, Republican Governors Are More Popular Than Their Democratic Counterparts

The 15 most popular governors are Republicans, and 8 of the 10 most unpopular are Democrats. On average, Republican governors have a net approval that is 17 points higher than Democrats. 

 

Average net approval among all voters
Democratic governors +11
Republican governors +28

Among independent voters, Democratic governors have an average net approval of +5, while Republicans stand at +19. 

 

Over the last quarter, the average Democrat’s approval dropped by 3 points, while the average for Republican governors held steady.

Posted: 07/17/2019
Kay Ivey No Longer One of the Most Popular Governors

Several governors passed bills restricting abortion access during the second quarter of the year, and the political damage was limited for all of them, except Kay Ivey. The state’s former No. 2, who is serving her first full term as the leader of the state, saw her net approval decline by 17 percentage points as she signed a bill banning abortion even in circumstances of rape or incest.

Shift in net approval by party
All Alabama voters -17
Republicans -15
Democrats -20
Independents -18

Democrats and independents soured on Ivey’s job performance by 20 and 18 points, respectively, but Republicans were also 15 points less likely to approve of her.

Posted: 07/17/2019
Republican Charlie Baker Is More Popular With the Other Party

The most popular governor in America boasts strong cross-party appeal. In fact, Massachusetts Democrats have a more positive view of Charlie Baker than Republicans.

Net approval by party:
All MA voters +59
Republicans +51
Democrats +62
Independents +60

Baker isn’t alone on this trend – Vermont Republican Phil Scott stands at +56 net approval with Democrats and just +15 with Republicans. 

 

Maryland’s Larry Hogan is also quite popular with Democrats, posting a +45 net approval. He is also extremely popular with Republicans: His +70 net approval with the GOP is the 13th highest of any governor.

Posted: 07/17/2019
Matt Bevin Retains Title as Most Unpopular Governor

 

Matt Bevin is one of two governors up for re-election this year, and he continues his reign as the most unpopular in the country, with 56 percent of Kentucky voters — including 40 percent of Republicans — disapproving of his job performance. That’s up 5 points from the first quarter of 2019. 

Net approval by party:
All KY voters -24
Republicans +11
Democrats -63
Independents -26

The other governor on the ballot this fall, John Bel Edwards, held steady among Bayou State voters: 47 percent approved of his work in office, unchanged from the previous quarter.

Methodology

About Morning Consult Political Intelligence

On a daily basis, Morning Consult surveys over 5,000 registered voters across the United States. Along with approval ratings for governors, Political Intelligence tracks the 2020 election as well as the approval ratings for all senators, and House members, the President, and more at the national, state and congressional district level. Each week, we will release a report with the most important findings on the 2020 election. Sign-up to receive that report in your inbox here.

Results from the most recent update

Morning Consult conducted 472,802 surveys with registered U.S. voters from January 1 through March 31, 2019 to determine the Q1 2019 Governor Rankings.

The margins of error vary by state and party. You can see the margin of error for each governor here.

In each poll, Americans indicated whether they approve or disapprove of the job performance of their governor. For each question, they could answer strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, strongly disapprove, or don’t know / no opinion.

Morning Consult obtained population parameters for registered voters from the November 2012 Current Population Survey. We applied post-stratification weights based on gender, age, educational attainment and race.

How are governors determined to be vulnerable?

Governors marked as vulnerable are up for reelection in 2019 or 2020 and occupy a seat that is not considered safe by at least one of the following outlets: Cook Political Report, Inside Elections, or Sabato Crystal Ball.