Republican Phil Scott of Vermont has been America’s most popular governor throughout 2021 - Pic: CNN
Republican Phil Scott of Vermont has been America’s most popular governor throughout 2021 - Pic: CNN

The Morning Consult reveals the list of collecting governors’ approval ratings for all 50 states in America throughout 2021.

The ranking is based on each state’s voters’ approval of their governor’s job performance.

Responses to the poll were gathered between July 21 and Oct. 20, 2021, among registered voters in each state, with margins of error of up to plus or minus 4 percent. The poll found that nine of the 10 most popular governors are Republicans.

Morning Consult is a technology platform which focuses on data collection. Founded in 2014, the platform was named one of the fastest technology companies in North America by Deloitte in 2019. Morning Consult explains their general methodology as "daily interviews with a representative sample of over 5,000 registered voters and 4,400 likely voters in the United States."

Who is The Most Popular Governor In America?

Vermont Governor Phil Scott, who run for Senate in 2022, is the most popular governor, according to a fresh poll.

In Vermont, 79 percent of registered voters approved of Scott’s job performance in the third quarter of 2021, making him the most popular governor in the country.

With ratings like that, the Republican governor could make a race for Senate in a deep blue state such as Vermont competitive.

However, Scott spokesman Jason Maulucci said the governor “has been clear that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate in 2022, and that has not changed” — even if Senate Republican strategists in Washington are still hoping for his candidacy.

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Top 10 most popular Governors in America: 9 of the 10 most popular governors are Republicans

*The two most popular chief executives after Scott are Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts (72%) and Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland (70%). Coming in at No. 4 of most popular governors is Republican Chris Sununu of New Hampshire (67%.) The Granite State is competitive for Republicans, who control the legislature. But it is still a state that Biden won by 7.4 percentage points.

*The poll showed that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is one of the nation’s most popular governors.

Ivey has the eighth-best job approval rating in the country and the best in the Southeast. She is also the most popular woman governor, according to the poll.

“I love Alabama and her people, and it is the highest honor of my life to serve as their governor,” Ivey said, "I assure the people of Alabama that as long as I am governor, your government will always reflect your values. We are experiencing one of the strongest economic comebacks in the country, with more jobs available now than ever before."

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*West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice thanked West Virginians for their continued support today after recent poll results ranked Gov. Justice as the #6 most popular governor in America. Under Gov. Justice’s leadership, West Virginia continues to enjoy an unprecedented era of success and prosperity.

Gov. Justice has led the state to a string of consistent budget surpluses by using his lifelong experience as a businessman to make West Virginia a more business-friendly state and by standing behind the energy industry. West Virginia broke the all-time state record for lowest ever unemployment rate and while also cracking the top-10 states in the nation for quarterly GDP growth.

Investments in the state’s tourism efforts have visitation and intrigue in West Virginia through the roof. West Virginia was recently named a top-10 travel region in the world to visit by Lonely Planet.

The Governor’s Roads to Prosperity program is the state’s largest-ever investment in road maintenance and improvement; after 50 years of neglecting its roads, the state has committed more than $2 billion dollars to fixing them. Gov. Justice recently held a grand opening ceremony for U.S. Route 35, turning what was once known as a “death highway” into another artery for businesses and visitation from the outside world.

Lamont is the most popular Democratic governor in the U.S

Who Are The Most & Least Popular Governors In The United States?
Governor Ned Lamont speaks at the University of Connecticut. Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is the most popular Democrat governor.

Lamont placed seventh place in the overall ranking, with Gov. Jim Justice of West Virginia preceding him. According to the survey, 64 percent of Connecticut registered voters approved Lamont's performance in the third quarter of 2021. The second most popular Democratic governor was Rhode Island's Dan McKee, with 59 percent of approval.

Lamont has been serving as the 89th governor since January 2019, and his term will end in 2023. On Nov. 9, Lamont announced he will seek reelection for governor.

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Who is The Least Popular Governor In America?

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Kate Brown - The Least Popular Governor In America

The five governors ranked lowest in the poll included Kathy Hochul of New York, Tony Evers of Wisconsin, David Ige of Hawaii, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Kate Brown of Oregon.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Is Least Popular Governor in America

The ranking showed that Brown’s approval rating from Oregonians is just 43%—the lowest of any governor in the nation.

There was a time when a governor’s popularity correlated closely to the economy.

Portland pollster John Horvick of DHM Research says recent polling by his firm found similar levels of dissatisfaction with Brown. “Her numbers are as negative as Trump’s were during his administration,” Horvick says. Every state, of course, has suffered through the pandemic and the health, social and economic dislocations. Horvick says he’s not sure entirely why Brown’s ratings are so low.

“Voters are mad about homelessness and really upset about crime,” Horvick says. “There is disorder and decay out there, and I think voters are feeling somebody should be held accountable.”

Brown’s spokesman, Charles Boyle, says the governor is focused on serving her constituents rather than worrying about polls.

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The most unpopular governors in America

Two of the four most unpopular governors are Democrats who lead blue states, according to Morning Consult polling.

They include Hawaii Gov. David Ige, whose rating clocked in at 45%. Another governor who ranks toward the bottom is Democrat Tony Evers, chief executive of Wisconsin, a competitive battleground that goes back and forth between the parties according to national political conditions. His approval rating also was 45%.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s approval rating is 55%; California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who recently survived a recall, is at 56%.

Only one Republican, Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, joins these Democrats in the group of most unpopular chief executives, pulling a 44% job approval rating.

Full list of the most popular Govenors in the United States

Who Are The Most Popular Governors In The United States
Full List of the most and least popular governors in America

Biden - Lower Approval Rating

President Biden’s approval rating isn’t just bad, it’s worse than any governor in the United States.

Morning Consult is out with a new poll of state-level approval ratings, which finds that nine out of the top 10 governors are Republicans. But even the least popular governor, Oregon Democrat Kate Brown, is at 43 percent. That’s still better than Biden, who is has an approval rating of 41.2 percent, according to an average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics. In some recent polls, he’s been down in the 30s.

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