Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Trends in Governor Approval Ratings

I spent some today compiling approval ratings on 33 different Governors- pollster.com averages when they were available and the most recent polls I could find when they weren't. Here's what I found on three different points of comparison:

-The average approval on Governors from states with populations below the national median was 51%, while it was 42% for those from bigger states. A couple reasons for that I think- Governors in small states have fewer media markets to deal with and can maintain a higher level of visibility, which leaves voters feeling more connected with them. And although this is a gross oversimplification, small state Governors have less to screw up in difficult times like these.

-The average approval for Republican Governors was 51%, while for Democratic Governors it was 44%. That finding pretty much seems to match the national political trends right now.

-The biggest gap, interestingly, was whether folks were Obama state Governors or McCain state Governors, regardless of the party affiliation of the Governor themselves. McCain state Governors average 54% approval to 41% for Obama state Governors. I noticed a lot of blue state gubernatorial approval ratings start to plummet as soon as Obama took office and I think it's because when Bush was in office Democrats in those state blamed Washington for their problems but now because they like him they're blaming their Governors instead. And the inverse is true for the red state Governors- folks in their state are more inclined to think everything bad is the fault of Washington Democrats.

I looked at numbers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, Maine, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama, Kansas, South Dakota, South Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia for this analysis.


Anonymous said...


The link to your last 2012 poll in December is down.

Brandon K said...

Good thing you guys decided to poll Blumenthal!

Maybe it was your tweet that scared Dodd off. ;)

Christian Liberty said...

All signs point to Republicans having a stronger position once the 2010 census data comes out. McCain-state governors are more popular than Obama-state governors; Republican governors are more popular than Democrats; small-state governors are more popular than big-state governors.

Democrats are poised to lose their majority of governors... as well as their majority in the Congress and perhaps the Senate. The same landslide would likely produce Republican gains in the statehouses and county executives and sheriffs as well. It already has produced such pro-Republican swings in 2009 down-ballot elections in VA and NJ and NY ... and judicial elections in PA.

Republicans are in a good position to win the governor chair in a majority of big states, a majority of all states, and a majority of states which gain representatives in Congress.

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