APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 9/20/05
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APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS (Released 09/20/05)
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09/05 Net 09/05
Approval
Link to Interactive Tracking Graphs
with Sub-Selects for Demographics
# State Name Party '04 ECV Approve Disapprove
1 South Dakota Rounds, Mike R Bush 76% 20% 56% South Dakota Governor Approval Tracked
2 Connecticut Rell, Jodi R Kerry 75% 21% 54% Connecticut Governor Approval Tracked
2 North Dakota Hoeven, John R Bush 75% 21% 54% North Dakota Governor Approval Tracked
4 Utah Huntsman, Jon R Bush 72% 23% 49% Utah Governor Approval Tracked
5 Wyoming Freudenthal, Dave D Bush 69% 24% 45% Wyoming Governor Approval Tracked
6 Montana Schweitzer, Brian D Bush 66% 27% 39% Montana Governor Approval Tracked
6 Virginia Warner, Mark D Bush 66% 26% 40% Virginia Governor Approval Tracked
8 New Hampshire Lynch, John D Kerry 65% 27% 38% New Hampshire Governor Approval Tracked
9 Vermont Douglas, Jim R Kerry 65% 30% 35% Vermont Governor Approval Tracked
10 North Carolina Easley, Michael D Bush 64% 30% 34% North Carolina Governor Approval Tracked
11 Nebraska Heineman, Dave R Bush 63% 26% 37% Nebraska Governor Approval Tracked
12 West Virginia Manchin, Joe D Bush 62% 30% 32% West Virginia Governor Approval Tracked
13 Georgia Perdue, Sonny R Bush 61% 34% 27% Georgia Governor Approval Tracked
13 Hawaii Lingle, Linda R Kerry 61% 32% 29% Hawaii Governor Approval Tracked
15 Arizona Napolitano, Janet D Bush 60% 36% 24% Arizona Governor Approval Tracked
16 Kansas Sebelius, Kathleen D Bush 59% 34% 25% Kansas Governor Approval Tracked
16 Oklahoma Henry, Brad D Bush 59% 35% 24% Oklahoma Governor Approval Tracked
18 Alabama Riley, Bob R Bush 58% 37% 21% Alabama Governor Approval Tracked
18 Arkansas Huckabee, Mike R Bush 58% 38% 20% Arkansas Governor Approval Tracked
18 Mississippi Barbour, Haley R Bush 58% 39% 19% Mississippi Governor Approval Tracked
18 Nevada Guinn, Kenny R Bush 58% 32% 26% Nevada Governor Approval Tracked
22 Idaho Kempthorne, Dirk R Bush 57% 35% 22% Idaho Governor Approval Tracked
22 New Mexico Richardson, Bill D Bush 57% 38% 19% New Mexico Governor Approval Tracked
24 Iowa Vilsack, Tom D Bush 55% 40% 15% Iowa Governor Approval Tracked
24 South Carolina Sanford, Mark R Bush 55% 39% 16% South Carolina Governor Approval Tracked
26 Colorado Owens, Bill R Bush 54% 42% 12% Colorado Governor Approval Tracked
26 Minnesota Pawlenty, Tim R Kerry 54% 44% 10% Minnesota Governor Approval Tracked
28 Florida Bush, Jeb R Bush 53% 44% 9% Florida Governor Approval Tracked
29 Rhode Island Carcieri, Don R Kerry 52% 42% 10% Rhode Island Governor Approval Tracked
30 Massachusetts Romney, Mitt R Kerry 51% 46% 5% Massachusetts Governor Approval Tracked
30 New Jersey Codey, Richard D Kerry 51% 40% 11% New Jersey Governor Approval Tracked
32 Maryland Ehrlich, Robert R Kerry 50% 45% 5% Maryland Governor Approval Tracked
33 Texas Perry, Rick R Bush 49% 45% 4% Texas Governor Approval Tracked
34 Tennessee Bredesen, Phil D Bush 48% 48% 0% Tennessee Governor Approval Tracked
35 Pennsylvania Rendell, Edward D Kerry 46% 48% -2% Pennsylvania Governor Approval Tracked
35 Wisconsin Doyle, Jim D Kerry 46% 48% -2% Wisconsin Governor Approval Tracked
37 Delaware Minner, Ruth D Kerry 45% 50% -5% Delaware Governor Approval Tracked
37 Indiana Daniels, Mitch R Bush 45% 49% -4% Indiana Governor Approval Tracked
37 Oregon Kulongoski, Ted D Kerry 45% 47% -2% Oregon Governor Approval Tracked
37 Washington Gregoire, Christine D Kerry 45% 49% -4% Washington Governor Approval Tracked
41 New York Pataki, George R Kerry 43% 51% -8% New York Governor Approval Tracked
42 Louisiana Blanco, Kathleen D Bush 41% 56% -15% Louisiana Governor Approval Tracked
43 Maine Baldacci, John D Kerry 40% 56% -16% Maine Governor Approval Tracked
43 Michigan Granholm, Jennifer D Kerry 40% 56% -16% Michigan Governor Approval Tracked
45 Illinois Blagojevich, Rod D Kerry 36% 56% -20% Illinois Governor Approval Tracked
45 Missouri Blunt, Matt R Bush 36% 60% -24% Missouri Governor Approval Tracked
47 Kentucky Fletcher, Ernie R Bush 33% 61% -28% Kentucky Governor Approval Tracked
48 California Schwarzenegger, Arnold R Kerry 32% 65% -33% California Governor Approval Tracked
49 Alaska Murkowski, Frank R Bush 30% 65% -35% Alaska Governor Approval Tracked
50 Ohio Taft, Bob R Bush 17% 79% -62% Ohio Governor Approval Tracked
Weighted Average 47% 48% -1%  
('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 53% 41% 12%  
('Unweighted Average' means each state is given equal weight; population density is not taken into account).
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600 adults age 18+ in each of the 50 states were interviewed by SurveyUSA 9/16/05 to 9/18/05. According to best estimates, approximately 12.5% of Louisiana and 6.25% of Mississippi did not have working telephone service during the field period for this survey. Caution should be exercised in drawing conclusions from those states. You must credit SurveyUSA of Verona NJ if you broadcast, print, or cite these results in whole or part. Click on each state to open link which contains the margin of sampling error for each state, a complete statement of methodology, fully crosstabbed data and tracking graphs with time-series data.