by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The list of highest-rated governors in the nation is filled completely with Republicans, according to a Morning Consult poll published Tuesday morning.
Each of the top ten governors is Republican, starting with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker who holds a 75 percent approval rating, and ends with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal who has a 63 percent approval rating.
The list also featured Republican Govs. Larry Hogan of Maryland, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Phil Scott of Vermont, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Greg Abbott of Texas, Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Gary Herbert of Utah.
There were no Democrats on the top 10 list.
The poll also revealed that New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is officially the lowest-rated governor in the nation.
Christie’s approval rating was a stunningly low 25 percent with 71 percent disapproval. Christie wasn’t far from the second and third lowest governors, Republican Sam Brownback of Kansas and Democrat Dan Malloy of Connecticut. They both held a 66 percent disapproval rating, although Brownback has a slightly lower approval rating.
The findings could result from the fact that Republicans now control 33 governorships compared to Democrat’s low 16.
Republicans were also well-represented at the bottom of the pack. …