Love for the guv’nah: Baker the most popular in U.S.

Baker ranked well ahead of the national average

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – While many Americans tend to have negative feelings towards the politicians in Washington, they generally feel much closer to their own state politicians.

That’s proving true in Massachusetts, where Governor Charlie Baker has the highest approval rating of any governor in the United States.

According to a poll taken by Morning Consult, Baker holds an approval rating of 74%, receiving positive reviews from nearly three-quarters of Massachusetts voters in the poll. Only 14% of poll-takers said they disapproved of the governor’s work since he took office in 2014.

Baker was one of 34 governors who received an approval rating of 50% or higher, and one of 16 with ratings over 60%. Baker also ranked well ahead of the national average of 54% approval.

Not all New England governors were so positively reviewed. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy and Vermont governor Peter Shumlin were two of 10 governors who had higher negative ratings than favorable ones.

Malloy was ranked as the third least-liked governor in the nation, receiving only a 36% approval rating, against 56% disapproval.

The least favorable governor in the land? Kansas governor Sam Brownback, who garnered only 26% favorability from Kansas voters.

Morning Consult’s poll surveyed more than 75,000 voters across all 50 states.

Click here for a more in-depth look at the results, and those of all 50 governors.

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