New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the least popular governor in the country, with 71% of his constituents disapproving of his performance, according to a new Morning Consult poll.
This comes amid an ongoing investigation into Bridgegate, a scandal in which the Christie administration purposely shut down lanes on the George Washington Bridge, causing traffic for days on end, in order to spite Democratic Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for refusing to endorse Christie’s re-election.
Christie’s disastrous final year as governor has been enough to knock Kansas Republican Sam Brownback and Connecticut Democrat Dan Malloy down one peg to second and third least popular respectively. Malloy announced recently that he will not be running for a third term, but claimed that it had nothing to do with his 66% disapproval rating, the same as Brownback’s.
Unlike the least popular senators, all of the top 10 least popular governors in the country have a disapproval of either a plurality or a majority of their constituents. All on the list but Democrat Dan Malloy and former-Republican now-independent Alaska Governor Bill Walker are Republicans.
The most popular governors, on the other hand, are doing incredibly well, with all having the approval of at least 60% of their constituents. All of the most popular governors are Republicans, which makes sense given that the GOP holds 33 governorships to the Democrats’ 16.
The least-known governors are a mixed bag, half-Republican and half-Democrat. Unsurprisingly, all entered office in 2017. Luckily for them, Morning Consult found that they already have the approval of a plurality of their constituents.
39 governorships are up in the 2018 midterms. 27 are Republican-held, a good sign for Democrats.
Though it is unlikely that Democrats will win back Congress next year, it looks like they may be able to win back the states. Democrats only have a trifecta in a measly six states, so it’s pretty hard to imagine things getting worse.