Mid-way through his first term, Gov. John Bel Edwards remains favorable among more than half of the state's voting population, according to findings of a new national poll released this week.

Morning Consult, a media and technology company that regularly ranks governors based on polling in all 50 states, found in its latest survey that Edwards is tied for the 14th most favorable ranking with Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

Fifty-six percent of respondents rated Edwards favorably, while 27 percent had an unfavorable view of the first-term governor. Eighteen percent were undecided.

The latest favorability poll comes just over two years since Edwards, the only governor in the Deep South who is a Democrat, took the oath of office in January 2016. He is the most favorably ranked Democrat in the latest survey's findings.

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The country's top 10 governors, according to Morning Consult's survey, are all Republicans. They are: Govs. Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Larry Hogan (Maryland), Kay Ivey (Alabama), Phil Scott (Vermont), Matt Mead (Wyoming), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Gary Herbert (Utah), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas), Greg Abbott (Texas) and Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota).

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who recently ended his final term, had the highest disapproval at 76 percent.

Morning Consult surveyed 253,393 registered voters nationwide conducted online from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, asking each about views of their state's governor, to compile a ranking of all the nation's governors. The margin of error in Louisiana's findings is 2 percentage points. 

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The latest marks are up from Edwards' showing in the same outlet's poll findings released in November. The third quarter 2017 polling had Edwards at 53 percent favorable and 32 percent unfavorable, with 15 percent undecided.

A similar Morning Consult poll released in May 2016 had Edwards at 45 percent approval to 33 percent disapproval and 22 percent having no opinion.

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