Gov. Paul LePage’s approval rating has basically never been that great.

Actually, since just after taking office, it’s hovered between 31 and 47 percent, according to polling firm Critical Insights, which twice a year asks voters how they feel about the governor.

Here’s the latest rundown, which is based on the question, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Governor LePage is handling his job as governor of Maine?”


But what does that mean? Do most states generally disapprove of how their governors do their jobs?

The answer is no.

According to politics website Morning Consult, voters in most states actually like the jobs that their governors are doing.

In a survey of around 75,000 voters, the website found that 34 states have governors with approval ratings over 50 percent — and 16 governors’ ratings top 60 percent.

LePage joins a minority of governors (he’s one of 10) who have higher disapproval ratings than approval ratings. According to Morning Consult, 39 percent approve of the job he is doing, and 57 percent disapprove.

Sixteen governors have approval ratings below 50 percent.

Here’s how that looks in a map (click on the Morning Consult link above for the interactive version):

Screenshot 2015-11-20 14.07.32

The lighter the state, the lower the approval rating. Kansas’s Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has the lowest on the list, with 26 percent.

One interesting tidbit in these data: three of the low-ranking governors are either Republican candidates for president, or — in the case of Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana — recently dropped out of the race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is still in the race. His approval rating is 40 percent, according to Morning Consult.

Meanwhile, here are the top five, ranked by those with the highest approval ratings:


Here’s how the site got its data:

Morning Consult surveys conducted between May and November asked 76,569 registered voters in all 50 states whether they approve or disapprove of their governor’s job performance. Voters were asked their opinion of their state’s governor; each state’s sample was weighted based on gender, age, and race, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...