APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 12/20/05
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APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS (Released 12/20/05)
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# State Name Party '04 ECV Approve Disapprove
1 Connecticut Rell, Jodi R Kerry 77% 16% 61% CT WABC-TV
2 North Dakota Hoeven, John R Bush 76% 19% 57% ND
3 South Dakota Rounds, Mike R Bush 73% 19% 54% SD
4 Utah Huntsman, Jon R Bush 70% 21% 49% UT KSL-TV
5 New Hampshire Lynch, John D Kerry 69% 21% 48% NH WBZ-TV
6 West Virginia Manchin, Joe D Bush 67% 26% 41% WV WUSA-TV
7 Virginia Warner, Mark D Bush 66% 26% 40% VA WUSA-TV WSLS-TV
8 Montana Schweitzer, Brian D Bush 65% 26% 39% MT
8 Vermont Douglas, Jim R Kerry 65% 26% 39% VT
8 Wyoming Freudenthal, Dave D Bush 65% 27% 38% WY
11 Arizona Napolitano, Janet D Bush 64% 33% 31% AZ KPNX-TV
11 New Jersey Codey, Richard D Kerry 64% 27% 37% NJ WABC-TV WCAU-TV
11 New Mexico Richardson, Bill D Bush 64% 33% 31% NM KOB-TV
14 Nebraska Heineman, Dave R Bush 63% 24% 39% NE
15 Hawaii Lingle, Linda R Kerry 62% 32% 30% HI KHON-TV
15 Kansas Sebelius, Kathleen D Bush 62% 33% 29% KS KWCH-TV
15 Oklahoma Henry, Brad D Bush 62% 31% 31% OK KFOR-TV KJRH-TV
18 Arkansas Huckabee, Mike R Bush 60% 37% 23% AR KTHV-TV
18 Georgia Perdue, Sonny R Bush 60% 33% 27% GA WXIA-TV WTLV-TV
18 Nevada Guinn, Kenny R Bush 60% 30% 30% NV KVBC-TV
21 Idaho Kempthorne, Dirk R Bush 59% 32% 27% ID
21 Minnesota Pawlenty, Tim R Kerry 59% 35% 24% MN KSTP-TV WDIO-TV KSAX-TV KAAL-TV
21 North Carolina Easley, Michael D Bush 59% 32% 27% NC WTVD-TV WFMY-TV WBTV-TV
24 Florida Bush, Jeb R Bush 58% 39% 19% FL WFOR-TV WPTV-TV WFLA-TV WKMG-TV WTLV-TV WKRG-TV
25 Tennessee Bredesen, Phil D Bush 57% 37% 20% TN WBIR-TV
26 Rhode Island Carcieri, Don R Kerry 56% 39% 17% RI WLNE-TV
27 Mississippi Barbour, Haley R Bush 55% 38% 17% MS
28 Colorado Owens, Bill R Bush 53% 40% 13% CO KUSA-TV
28 Iowa Vilsack, Tom D Bush 53% 39% 14% IA KAAL-TV
30 Alabama Riley, Bob R Bush 52% 41% 11% AL WKRG-TV
31 Maryland Ehrlich, Robert R Kerry 49% 43% 6% MD WMAR-TV WUSA-TV
31 Massachusetts Romney, Mitt R Kerry 49% 45% 4% MA WBZ-TV
31 Pennsylvania Rendell, Edward D Kerry 49% 46% 3% PA WCAU-TV WNEP-TV
34 New York Pataki, George R Kerry 48% 46% 2% NY WABC-TV WNYT-TV WGRZ-TV WHEC-TV
34 Wisconsin Doyle, Jim D Kerry 48% 44% 4% WI WDIO-TV
36 South Carolina Sanford, Mark R Bush 47% 44% 3% SC WCSC-TV WLTX-TV WBTV-TV
37 Texas Perry, Rick R Bush 46% 48% -2% TX KPRC-TV WOAI-TV KEYE-TV
38 Oregon Kulongoski, Ted D Kerry 43% 48% -5% OR KATU-TV
38 Washington Gregoire, Christine D Kerry 43% 50% -7% WA KING-TV KATU-TV
40 Indiana Daniels, Mitch R Bush 42% 51% -9% IN WXIN-TV WHAS-TV WCPO-TV
41 Delaware Minner, Ruth D Kerry 41% 53% -12% DE WCAU-TV
41 Illinois Blagojevich, Rod D Kerry 41% 53% -12% IL KSDK-TV
41 Michigan Granholm, Jennifer D Kerry 41% 54% -13% MI WDIV-TV WZZM-TV
44 Maine Baldacci, John D Kerry 36% 59% -23% ME WCSH-TV WLBZ-TV
44 Missouri Blunt, Matt R Bush 36% 59% -23% MO KSDK-TV
46 California Schwarzenegger, Arnold R Kerry 34% 63% -29% CA KABC-TV KPIX-TV KXTV-TV KGTV-TV
47 Louisiana Blanco, Kathleen D Bush 33% 63% -30% LA
48 Kentucky Fletcher, Ernie R Bush 31% 63% -32% KY WHAS-TV WCPO-TV
49 Alaska Murkowski, Frank R Bush 27% 69% -42% AK
50 Ohio Taft, Bob R Bush 17% 80% -63% OH WKYC-TV WYTV-TV WCPO-TV
Weighted Average 48% 46% 2%  
('Weighted Average' means each state is weighted proportionally to its share of USA population. For example,
California, the most populated state, is given 71 times the weight of WY the least populated state, in a weighted avg.)
Unweighted Average, All 50 Governors 54% 40% 14%  
('Unweighted Average' means each state is given equal weight; population density is not taken into account).
Unweighted Average, 22 Democratic Governors 54% 39% 15%  
Simple Average of the Approval Rating of all 22 Democratic Governors
Unweighted Average, 28 Republican Governors 53% 40% 13%  
Simple Average of the Approval Rating of all 28 Republican Governors
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600 adults age 18+ in each of the 50 states were interviewed by SurveyUSA 12/9/05 to 12/11/05. You must credit SurveyUSA and the media sponsor if you broadcast, print, or cite these results in whole or part. Click on each state to open a link which contains the margin of sampling error for each state, a complete statement of methodology, fully crosstabbed data and trendlines.