Baker still well-liked, but no longer nation’s most popular governor

With 70% rating, he has fallen behind governors of South Dakota and Maryland

BOSTON (State House News Service) – South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is the most popular governor in the United States, followed by Maryland Republican Larry Hogan, according to new survey results released Tuesday by Morning Consult. Gov. Charlie Baker lost his top ranking, but is still rated the third most popular governor in the nation.

The approval ratings are based on surveys involving 70,000 registered voters across the states. The survey showed voters in New Jersey and Indiana have grown more disapproving of their governors, who are both working to elect Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was Baker’s choice for president before he dropped out of the race, has seen his approval rating drop from 36 to 29 percent and his disapproval rating rise from 60 to 68 percent. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s disapproval rating rose 6 points, to 45 percent, since he became the Republican vice presidential nominee on the ticket with Trump.

But Christie is not the most unpopular governor. That designation remains with Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who had the highest disapproval numbers among the governors in the September survey, followed by Connecticut Democrat Gov. Dan Malloy, and then Christie.

Morning Consult’s survey of 1,296 Massachusetts voters found 70 percent approved of Baker’s performance, 18 percent disapproved and 11 percent had no opinion. In May, 72 percent approved of Baker’s performance, 16 percent disapproved and 12 percent had no opinion.

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