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POLLS: The 2 Most Beloved Governors in America Hold Big Leads in Mass., Md.

Republican Govs. Charlie Baker and Larry Hogan are the two most-liked governors in the country, and new polls show them cruising to reelection.

By NTK Staff | 09.19.2018 @12:00pm
POLLS: The 2 Most Beloved Governors in America Hold Big Leads in Mass., Md.

The two governors with the highest approval ratings in the country, both Republicans in deep blue states, appear to be in strong position to earn reelection, according to polls released on Wednesday.

In Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker (R-MA) leads his Democrat opponent Jay Gonzalez by a whopping 27-point margin, according to the Boston Globe. Baker dominates Gonzalez among independents and, astonishingly, is virtually tied with him among Democrats:

Baker leads Gonzalez, 55 percent to 28 percent, in the survey. But the governor dominated among independent voters — more than half of registered voters in the state — over Gonzalez, 62 percent to 23 percent. Gonzalez is statistically tied with Baker among Democrats in the survey, 41 percent to 40 percent.

Indeed, more Democrats and independents approved of Baker’s handling his job than did his fellow Republicans. In the survey, 71 percent of Democrats approved of Baker’s job performance, while 76 percent of independents and 59 percent of Republicans did the same.

In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) leads his opponent, Democrat Ben Jealous, by a similarly large 22-point margin. Like Baker, Hogan performed particularly well with independent voters:

In a survey the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center conducted Tuesday to Sunday of Maryland voters, Hogan led Jealous by 22 percentage points — 54 percent to 32 percent.

Hogan led Jealous among Republicans (91 percent to 1 percent) and independents (57 percent to 17 percent). Jealous led Hogan among Democrats (48 percent to 38 percent).

According to the Baltimore Sun, three-fourths of voters said they were set on their candidate, while another quarter were open to changing their minds. Another nine percent said they were still undecided.

Impressively, Hogan led “in every region of the state, including the Democratic stronghold of the Washington suburbs, where 45 percent of respondents preferred him to 40 percent for Jealous.”

The economy was a top issue for Maryland voters, and respondents said they trusted Hogan over Jealous to handle the state’s economy, 66-23.

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