Poll: Gov. Ige seen favorably by voters

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A recent poll looking at the job approval of U.S. governors found that Hawaii Gov. David Ige has a favorable rating of 52 percent.

Thirty-four governors had approval ratings of 50 percent or higher, and 16 governors have approval ratings over 60 percent.

The survey found only 10 governors had higher disapproval ratings than approval ratings.

The average approval rating was 54 percent.

The governor with the highest approval rating was Republican Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts. Seventy-four percent of Massachusetts voters said they approved of the job Baker is doing with only 14 percent saying they disapprove.

The lowest rated governor was Republican Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas. Only 26 percent of Kansas voters said they approved of Brownback job performance. 65 percent said they disapproved.

Similar to Ige, most newly elected governors received approval ratings above 50 percent. Only one new governor, Illinois’s Bruce Rauner (R), received a negative rating with 42 percent approving of the job he’s doing.

The survey company, Morning Consult, surveyed of more than 76,569 registered voters across all 50 states between May and November asking whether they approve or disapprove of their governor’s job performance. Each state’s sample was weighted based on gender, age, and race, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

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