There's a good argument to be made that, as a rule, Americans don't want their governors to be ideological warriors.
That's one reason Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' positive approval rating is holding, despite the fact that Republicans have tried since his election to paint him as out of touch with the state's conservative majority. A new Morning Consult wrap-up of gubernatorial ratings from across the country suggests Louisiana isn't unique.
Roughly half of Louisiana voters say they approve of the job that Gov. John Bel Edwards is d…
Edwards' approval rating clocks in at 53 percent, according to the poll, with 32 percent disapproving. That's about in line with the results of other recent surveys.
And results from a number of other states indicate voters there aren't judging their governors based on their own political preferences either. The most popular governors on the list are two Republicans who lead Democratic states, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Larry Hogan of Maryland. Among the least popular are Dannel Malloy, the Democratic governor of left-leaning Connecticut, and Sam Brownback, the Republican leader of deep red Kansas.
The cellar dweller on the list, though, is none other than Chris Christie, who will soon leave office with an astonishing 18 percent approval/77 percent disapproval rating— a new record since the company began tracking these things last year.
Christie, of course, was popular among his own constituents before he set out to pursue the Republican presidential nomination, in the process making various moves that alienated the people who elected him.
Sounds kind of like a certain former governor Louisianans might recognize.