Over the last five months Morning Consult has completed a survey of 66,000 voters across the country to rank the most and least popular Governors. The most popular Governor was Republican Charlie Baker of Massachusetts at 72% and in second place was the Republican Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan with 71% support. The top ten most popular Governors here, and the least popular Governors here. Eight of the top ten are Republican, one is a Democrat and one Independent. Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has had the largest drop in popularity since the Flint water crisis began.
Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe has an approval rating 58% with disapproval on 24%. The survey must have been completed prior to McAuliffe pardoning 206,000 felons, with 21% or about 40,000, being violent felons. That couldn’t have been a popular move by the Governor and it’s probably not even legal. Governor has released a data page on the felons he has pardoned, including age, gender and race. Republicans in the General Assembly have hired high powered DC attorney Charles J. Cooper to challenge McAuliffe’s actions.
An interactive map of the popularity of all Governors here.