Actually, 15 of the 16 most popular Governors share this trait… and by now you’ve probably guessed, it’s that they are all Republicans. Yes, 15 of the 16 most popular Governors (and the top 10) are all from the GOP.
What may be even more interesting is that the two most popular Governors in the country hail from very, very blue states.
The latest report from Morning Consult polled 85,000 people from across the nation and found some very interesting results.
The two most popular governors are Republicans in traditionally blue states: Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland. Both governors have reputations as shrewd, bipartisan dealmakers who value results over party purity, and their constituents seem to appreciate that style. Three-fourths (75 percent) of Bay Staters approve of Baker, while 17 percent disapprove. In Maryland, 73 percent approve of Hogan, and 16 percent disapprove.
There is some bad news to be had in the poll as we learn that many of the least popular Governor’s are also Republicans, but that has more to do with the current political climate than anything else. The vast majority of the nation’s Governors are Republican and so we are bound to find them scattered among the middle and lower ends of the poll spectrum. In fact, the least popular Governor in the nation is a man who was once quite popular in his home state. Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) was found to be the least popular Governor in America, but the people of New Jersey only have to deal with him for a little while longer… then they can return to their equally horrendous Democrat leadership that led their state into a morass of debt and taxes while also making the Garden State one of the most popular states to move away from.
There’s more sad news for the GOP, 4 of the most popular GOP Governors are term-limited and will be stepping aside for new leadership in 2018. There is a silver lining though, these popular Governors will now be free to run for other upper level offices.