Magazine August 26, 2019, Issue

Why Republican Governors Are More Popular

Governor Doug Ducey speaks to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce in Phoenix, March 2015. (Gage Skidmore)
They make fewer promises that they have no way of keeping

When the pollster Morning Consult published its latest round of approval ratings for the nation’s 50 governors in July, it revealed a couple of interesting findings: Eight of the ten least popular governors were Democrats, while the ten most popular governors were all Republicans.

What explains this phenomenon? Clearly it’s not random chance. Does that mean conservative governance is really so much more popular than liberal governance at the state level? There’s something to that, but a closer look reveals the answer is not quite that simple.

The ten most popular Republican governors can be separated into three categories: red states, blue

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