Governors are the most powerful elected officials in state governments, effectively serving as the chief executive. Unlike CEOs in the private sector, however, governors face re-election every few years — and for those who want to keep their job, popularity is of chief importance.
Though all 50 state governors are popularly elected, public opinion continues to evolve long after campaign season ends and the polls close on election day. Right or wrong, public opinion is influenced by any number of factors, from the germane to the trivial.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed public opinion data from research company Morning Consult to identify America’s most popular governors. Approval ratings are based on survey data collected during the third quarter of 2018 and range from 17% to 70%.