America’s Most Popular Governors

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5. Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) of South Dakota
> Approval rating: 59%
> Disapproval rating: 27%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.0% (10th lowest)

Forced out by term limits, Republican Dennis Daugaard left office in January 2019 after serving as Governor of South Dakota for two consecutive terms. Republican Kristi Noem now serves as state governor.

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4. Gov. Chris Sununu (R) of New Hampshire
> Approval rating: 60%
> Disapproval rating: 24%
> Tenure: 2 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 2.5% (3rd lowest)

In New Hampshire, governors are voted in on a two year basis, and after taking office in January 2017, Republican Chris Sununu was elected to a second term in November 2018. New Hampshire does not impose term limits on its governors.

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3. Gov. Kay Ivey (R) of Alabama
> Approval rating: 65%
> Disapproval rating: 18%
> Tenure: 2 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.0% (18th highest)

Republican Kay Ivey first took office as lieutenant governor in 2011 and took the top job when former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned following an ethics investigation in April 2017. Re-elected in November 2018, Ivey has the third highest approval rating of any U.S. governor.

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2. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) of Maryland
> Approval rating: 67%
> Disapproval rating: 17%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.0% (18th highest)

Republican Larry Hogan first took office in January 2015. With a near nation-leading 67% approval rating, Hogan defeated Democratic challenger Ben Jealous by 13.4 points margin in November 2018. Maryland state law restricts Hogan from seeking a third term in 2022.

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1. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) of Massachusetts
> Approval rating: 70%
> Disapproval rating: 17%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.4% (19th lowest)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is the most popular governor in the country with a 70% approval rating as of October 2018. First elected governor in November 2014, Baker won re-election in November 2018 against Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez by a 33.6 point margin. Massachusetts does not impose term limits on governors.