APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 05/18/06
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APPROVAL RATINGS FOR ALL 50 GOVERNORS AS OF 05/18/06
SORTED BY 'APPROVAL' IN DESCENDING ORDER MEDIA SPONSOR
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# State Name Party '04 ECV Approve Disapprove
1 North Dakota Hoeven, John R Bush 80% 14% 66% ND
2 West Virginia Manchin, Joe D Bush 76% 19% 57% WV WUSA-TV
3 Utah Huntsman, Jon R Bush 75% 20% 55% UT KSL-TV
4 Connecticut Rell, Jodi R Kerry 71% 24% 47% CT WABC-TV
4 New Hampshire Lynch, John D Kerry 71% 21% 50% NH WBZ-TV
6 Nebraska Heineman, Dave R Bush 70% 26% 44% NE
7 Montana Schweitzer, Brian D Bush 68% 27% 41% MT
7 Wyoming Freudenthal, Dave D Bush 68% 24% 44% WY
9 Hawaii Lingle, Linda R Kerry 66% 27% 39% HI
9 Oklahoma Henry, Brad D Bush 66% 30% 36% OK KFOR-TV
11 South Dakota Rounds, Mike R Bush 65% 30% 35% SD
12 Idaho Kempthorne, Dirk R Bush 63% 31% 32% ID
13 Pennsylvania Rendell, Edward D Kerry 62% 36% 26% PA WCAU-TV
14 Kansas Sebelius, Kathleen D Bush 61% 31% 30% KS KWCH-TV KCTV-TV
14 Vermont Douglas, Jim R Kerry 61% 31% 30% VT
16 Georgia Perdue, Sonny R Bush 60% 35% 25% GA WXIA-TV WTLV-TV
17 Alabama Riley, Bob R Bush 59% 37% 22% AL WKRG-TV
18 Arizona Napolitano, Janet D Bush 58% 39% 19% AZ KPNX-TV
19 Florida Bush, Jeb R Bush 57% 41% 16% FL WFOR-TV WPTV-TV WFLA-TV WTLV-TV WKRG-TV
19 New Mexico Richardson, Bill D Bush 57% 37% 20% NM KOB-TV
21 Arkansas Huckabee, Mike R Bush 55% 40% 15% AR KTHV-TV
21 Nevada Guinn, Kenny R Bush 55% 36% 19% NV KVBC-TV
23 Mississippi Barbour, Haley R Bush 54% 43% 11% MS
23 Rhode Island Carcieri, Don R Kerry 54% 42% 12% RI WLNE-TV
25 Colorado Owens, Bill R Bush 53% 43% 10% CO KUSA-TV
25 Iowa Vilsack, Tom D Bush 53% 43% 10% IA KAAL-TV
25 South Carolina Sanford, Mark R Bush 53% 42% 11% SC WCSC-TV WLTX-TV
25 Virginia Kaine, Tim D Bush 53% 37% 16% VA WUSA-TV WDBJ-TV
29 North Carolina Easley, Michael D Bush 52% 42% 10% NC WTVD-TV WFMY-TV
30 Minnesota Pawlenty, Tim R Kerry 51% 43% 8% MN KSTP-TV WDIO-TV KSAX-TV KAAL-TV
30 Tennessee Bredesen, Phil D Bush 51% 44% 7% TN WBIR-TV
32 Washington Gregoire, Christine D Kerry 50% 44% 6% WA KING-TV KATU-TV
33 Wisconsin Doyle, Jim D Kerry 47% 48% -1% WI WDIO-TV
34 Massachusetts Romney, Mitt R Kerry 46% 52% -6% MA WBZ-TV
35 Illinois Blagojevich, Rod D Kerry 45% 51% -6% IL KSDK-TV
36 Maryland Ehrlich, Robert R Kerry 44% 50% -6% MD WMAR-TV WUSA-TV
37 Maine Baldacci, John D Kerry 43% 54% -11% ME WCSH-TV WLBZ-TV
37 Michigan Granholm, Jennifer D Kerry 43% 54% -11% MI WDIV-TV WZZM-TV
39 Delaware Minner, Ruth D Kerry 41% 54% -13% DE WCAU-TV
40 Texas Perry, Rick R Bush 40% 54% -14% TX WOAI-TV KEYE-TV
41 Indiana Daniels, Mitch R Bush 38% 57% -19% IN WXIN-TV WHAS-TV WCPO-TV
42 New York Pataki, George R Kerry 37% 56% -19% NY WABC-TV WNYT-TV WGRZ-TV WHEC-TV
43 California Schwarzenegger, Arnold R Kerry 36% 61% -25% CA KABC-TV KPIX-TV KXTV-TV KGTV-TV
43 New Jersey Corzine, Jon D Kerry 36% 54% -18% NJ WABC-TV WCAU-TV
45 Louisiana Blanco, Kathleen D Bush 35% 61% -26% LA
45 Missouri Blunt, Matt R Bush 35% 60% -25% MO KSDK-TV KCTV-TV
45 Oregon Kulongoski, Ted D Kerry 35% 58% -23% OR KATU-TV
48 Kentucky Fletcher, Ernie R Bush 31% 65% -34% KY WHAS-TV WCPO-TV
49 Alaska Murkowski, Frank R Bush 23% 73% -50% AK
50 Ohio Taft, Bob R Bush 18% 79% -61% OH WKYC-TV WYTV-TV WCPO-TV
Weighted Average 46% 49% -2%   << This apparent discrepancy is due to rounding: 46.40% - 48.87% = 2.47%
('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 52% 42% 10%  
('Unweighted Average' means each state is given equal weight; population density is not taken into account).
Unweighted Average, 22 Democratic Governors 53% 41% 12%  
Simple Average of the Approval Rating of all 22 Democratic Governors
Unweighted Average, 28 Republican Governors 52% 43% 9%  
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 5/12/06 to 5/14/06. 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.