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America's ​most and least popular governors

Michael Dwyer and Matt Rourke / AP

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tops out the most popular governors list with 71% approval, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is losing the contest with 69% disapproval, according to Morning Consult's Governor Approval Rankings.

Think about it this way:

  • The ten least popular governors have disapproval ratings worse than Trump's disapproval rating, which stands at 46%, per WSJ/NBC. Based on the Trump disapproval rating the ABC/WaPo poll found, at 58%, only three governors have disapproval ratings worse than Trump.
  • All of the most popular governors are Republicans...
  • ...And seven of the ten least popular governors are also Republicans.

10 most popular, measured by approval ratings:

  1. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts (71)
  2. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland (68)
  3. Matt Mead, R-Wyoming (67)
  4. Doug Burgum, R-North Dakota (66)
  5. Dennis Daugaard, R-South Dakota (65)
  6. Kay Ivey, R-Alabama (64)
  7. Brian Sandoval, R-Nevada (62)
  8. Phil Scott, R-Vermont (62)
  9. Gary Herbert, R-Utah (61)
  10. Bill Haslam, R-Tennessee (60) tied with Asa Hutchinson, R-Arkansas (60)

10 least popular, measured by disapproval ratings:

  1. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey (69)
  2. Sam Brownback, R-Kansas (66)
  3. Dan Malloy, D-Connecticut (64)
  4. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma (55)
  5. Rick Snyder, R-Michigan (52)
  6. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin (51)
  7. Bruce Rauner, R-Illinois (49)
  8. Bill Walker, I-Alaska (48)
  9. Paul LePage, R-Maine (48)
  10. Gina Raimondo, D-Rhode Island (47)

The data are based on surveys taken between April 1 to July 10 this year by more than 195,000 registered voters.