America’s Most Popular Governors

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50. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) of Oklahoma
> Approval rating: 17%
> Disapproval rating: 75%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.3% (15th lowest)

Mary Fallin will step down as governor of Oklahoma in January 2019 after serving two terms, the maximum allowed by state law. Republican Kevin Stitt will take the top job after defeating Democratic opponent Drew Edmondson in the general election. Fallin leaves office with the lowest approval rating of any governor.

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49. Gov. Dan Malloy (D) of Connecticut
> Approval rating: 20%
> Disapproval rating: 70%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.1% (15th highest)

Serving as Connecticut governor since 2011, Dan Malloy did not seek a third term. Malloy’s last day in office will come in January 2019 and Democrat Ned Lamont will take the job. Malloy maintains his low approval rating was not a factor in his decision not to run.

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48. Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) of Illinois
> Approval rating: 25%
> Disapproval rating: 62%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.2% (12th highest)

Incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner lost to Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker in the 2018 general election by a staggering 15 point spread. Rauner’s 25% approval rating was the lowest of any incumbent running for re-election.

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47. Gov. Bill Walker (I) of Alaska
> Approval rating: 25%
> Disapproval rating: 54%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 6.3% (the highest)

Bill Walker served as governor of Alaska from December 2014 until December 2018, about two months after he suspended his re-election campaign. Walker, who served during tough economic times in Alaska precipitated by plummeting oil prices, left office with nearly the lowest approval rating of any sitting governor. Alaska has the nation’s highest unemployment rate.

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46. Gov. Matt Bevin (R) of Kentucky
> Approval rating: 30%
> Disapproval rating: 55%
> Tenure: 3 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.5% (8th highest)

Matt Bevin was sworn in as as governor of Kentucky in December 2015 after defeating Democrat Jack Conway the previous month with 52.5% of the vote. Bevin intends to run for re-election in 2019 despite a 30% approval rating.