Chris Christie, the embattled New Jersey Republican, is holding on to his title as the country's most unpopular governor, according to a new poll of his constituents.
Sixty-nine percent of New Jersey voters disapprove of Christie, while just a quarter approve — making him the least popular governor in America over the last 20 years and the least popular in New Jersey history.
The Republican governor of a blue state, Christie has faced dismal job approval ratings for many months, helped along by the criminal convictions of two of his former aides in the "Bridgegate" scandal and most recently by Christie's unpopular choice to spend the 4th of July weekend on a closed state beach during a government shutdown.
The country's most popular governors include Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland — both Republicans in deeply blue states. Baker, a moderate praised for his ability to work across the aisle, has managed to maintain very high popularity in a state where just 10% of voters are registered Republicans.
The Morning Consult poll surveyed more than 195,000 registered voters across the country between April 1 and July 10, 2017.
The 5 most popular governors are:
1. Massachusetts Republican Charlie Baker
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2. Maryland Republican Larry Hogan
3. Wyoming Republican Matt Mead
4. North Dakota Republican Doug Burgum
5. South Dakota Republican Dennis Daugaard
And now for the least popular:
1. New Jersey Republican Chris Christie
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2. Kansas Republican Sam Brownback
3. Connecticut Democrat Dan Malloy
5. Oklahoma Republican Mary Fallin
5. Michigan Republican Rick Snyder
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