New poll reveals nation's most and least popular governors

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is the least popular governor in the nation, closely followed by Govs. Dan Malloy of Connecticut and Chris Christie of New Jersey, according to new polling from Morning Consult.

Though the top standings haven't strayed much from results earlier this year, these particular chief executives seem to have fallen further out of favor among registered voters in their respective states.

The most and least liked governors in the US

The most and least liked governors in the US
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The most and least liked governors in the US
Least liked

10. Scott Walker (R-WI)

Approval: 43%
Disapproval: 53%

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Least liked

9. Mary Fallin (R-OK)

Approval: 40%
Disapproval: 53%

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Least liked

8. Robert Bentley (R-AL)

Approval: 35%
Disapproval: 53%

(Photo via REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

Least liked

7. Gina Raimondo (D-RI)

Approval: 38%
Disapproval: 55%

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Least liked

6. Bruce Rauner (R-IL)

Approval: 33%
Disapproval: 56%

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Least liked

5. Paul LePage (R-ME)

Approval: 39%
Disapproval: 58%

(Photo by Joe Phelan/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

Least liked

4. Rick Snyder (R-MI)

Approval: 33%
Disapproval: 61%

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Least liked

3. Chris Christie (R-NJ)

Approval: 29%
Disapproval: 68%

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Least liked

2. Dan Malloy (D-CT)

Approval: 26%
Disapproval: 70%

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Least liked

1. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

Approval: 23%
Disapproval: 71%

(Photo by Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)

Most liked

10. Jack Markell (D-DE)

Approval: 61%
Disapproval: 24%

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The New York Times)

Most liked

9. Brian Sandoval (R-NV)

Approval: 62%
Disapproval: 21%

(Photo by David Calvert/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Most liked

8. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY)

Approval: 62%
Disapproval: 31%

(Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Most liked

7. Greg Abbott (R-TX)

Approval: 63%
Disapproval: 23%

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Most liked

6. Bill Haslam (R-TN)

Approval: 63%
Disapproval: 25%

(Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images)

Most liked

5. Gary Herbert (R-UT)

Approval: 65%
Disapproval: 24%

(Photo via REUTERS/Jim Urquhart)

Most liked

4. Steve Bullock (D-MT)

Approval: 66%
Disapproval: 19%

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Most liked

3. Larry Hogan (R-MD)

Approval: 70%
Disapproval: 17%

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Most liked

2. Charlie Baker (R-MA)

Approval: 70%
Disapproval: 18%

(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


Brownback, a Republican, only has a 23 percent approval rating among Kansas voters in the new poll, compared with his 26 percent approval in results collected from January until early May.

His unfavorability appears tied to Kansas lawmakers cutting personal income taxes, which The Associated Press notes has sparked budget-balancing troubles and worries about education funding.

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On the other end of the spectrum, GOP Govs. Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts topped the charts for highest approval. Baker and Hogan were both ranked in the top three in the last poll, but Daugaard is new at the top of the list. All three governors received an approval rating of 70 percent or higher.

Daugaard drew attention in March when he vetoed a bill that would have required transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their sex at birth.

And Hogan, who has battled cancer while in office, has received plenty of positive attention. A Washington Post and University of Maryland poll this year found him to be the most popular Maryland governor since at least 1998. He is known for acting as a moderate, and even the majority of Democrats approve of his performance, the Post said.

Here are the five most popular governors, per Morning Consult.

  • Dennis Daugaard (R-S.D.)
  • Larry Hogan (R-Md.)
  • Charlie Baker (R-Mass.)
  • Steve Bullock (D-Mont.)
  • Gary Herbert (R-Utah)

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