November 6, 2017

Rauner one of two most unpopular first term governors

ILLINOIS NEWS NETWORK

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is not the least popular governor in the country. But he is on the list.

Morning Consult's latest poll ranks Illinois' governor as the fifth least popular governor in the U.S.

David Luchs, a researcher at Ballotpedia, said the poll shows a serious decline in Rauner's approval rating.

"He's lost 16 percent approval since late July," Luchs said. "Morning Consult is identifying the budget battle and staff turnover as factors in his gap in approval."

Just 30 percent of voters in Illinois approve of the governor, while 55 percent disapprove and the rest are undecided.

But Luchs said what makes Rauner stand out is that he is unique on the poll's unpopular list.

"There are only two governors who made it into the bottom ten approval rating, in this latest poll, who are in their first term," Luchs said. "They are Bruce Rauner in fifth place, and Bill Walker of Alaska in 10th place."

Luchs says the other unpopular governors have been in office for a while, and most of the popular governors are in their first terms.

Chris Christie from New Jersey is the country's most unpopular governor, where 77 percent of voters in his state don't like him.

Charlie Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, is the nation's most popular governor. According to the poll, 69 percent of voters in his state like the job that he is doing.

All 10 of the most popular governors are Republicans, while eight of the 10 least popular also are Republicans. The GOP holds governor positions in 34 U.S. states, Democrats in 14, and there's one independent.