Poll finds 11 most pop­u­lar gov­er­nors are Repub­li­can

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY KEN SHEP­HERD

A new poll finds that the 11 most pop­u­lar gov­er­nors in the U.S. are all Repub­li­can, with three of them hail­ing from deep-blue states won eas­ily by Hil­lary Clin­ton, in­clud­ing Ver­mont, the home of so­cial­ist gad­fly and Clin­ton pres­i­den­tial pri­mary chal­lenger Sen. Bernard San­ders.

Repub­li­can Char­lie Baker of Mas­sachusetts led the pack with a whop­ping 75 per­cent ap­proval in the Bay State, ac­cord­ing to re­search firm Morn­ing Con­sult, which re­leased its latest 50-state gov­er­nors’ ap­proval rat­ing re­sults Tues­day.

Larry Ho­gan of Mary­land placed sec­ond with 73 per­cent ap­proval, with Doug Bur­gum of North Dakota (69 per­cent), Phil Scott of Ver­mont (68 per­cent) and Den­nis Dau­gaard of South Dakota (68 per­cent) round­ing out the top five.

In de­scend­ing or­der, the Repub­li­can gov­er­nors of Ar­kan­sas, Texas and Ten­nessee (tied for sev­enth place), Nevada, Utah and Georgia rounded out the Top 10 (that’s re­ally 11), with the Peach State’s Nathan Deal com­mand­ing a healthy 63 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing.

But the GOP also dom­i­nates the low end of the poll, with eight of the 10 least pop­u­lar gov­er­nors be­ing Repub­li­cans, in­clud­ing Alabama’s Robert Bent­ley, who re­signed from of­fice and was booked on mis­de­meanor charges Mon­day rather than risk re­moval from of­fice from leg­is­la­tors pur­su­ing im­peach­ment.

Staunch Trump ally Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey bot­tomed out the Morn­ing Con­sult sur­vey with a mere 25 per­cent ap­proval rat­ing. The twoterm gov­er­nor’s re­place­ment will be elected Nov. 7.

The on­line sur­vey, con­ducted over three months, in­volved some 85,000 re­spon­dents and was weighted to ac­count for de­mo­graphic dif­fer­ences in “gen­der, age, ed­u­ca­tional at­tain­ment and race,” ac­cord­ing to com­pany web page ex­plain­ing the poll’s method­ol­ogy.

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