Roughly half of Louisiana voters say they approve of the job that Gov. John Bel Edwards is doing and a third say they disapprove, according to 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 22nd most favorable ranking with Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Fifty-three percent of respondents rated Edwards favorably, while 32 percent had an unfavorable view of the first term governor. Fifteen percent were undecided.
Edwards, who took office in January 2016, is the only governor in the Deep South who is a Democrat. The latest favorability poll comes nearly two years since the runoff election in which Edwards, then a state House member, defeated Republican David Vitter, a U.S. senator at the time.
The country's top 10 governors, according to Morning Consult's survey, are all Republicans. They are: Govs. Charlie Baker (Massachusetts), Larry Hogan (Maryland), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas), Kay Ivey (Alabama), Doug Burgum (North Dakota), Brian Sandoval (Nevada), Phil Scott (Vermont), Chris Sununu (New Hampshire), Matt Mead (Wyoming) and Dennis Daugaard (South Dakota).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper were the only Democrats who polled more favorably than Edwards in the survey's findings.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, had the highest disapproval at 77 percent.
Morning Consult surveyed 255,120 registered U.S. voters from July 1 to Sept. 30, 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.
The latest marks are down from Edwards' showing in the same outlet's poll findings released three months ago. The second quarter 2017 polling had Edwards at 58 percent favorable to 29 percent unfavorable, with 14 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.