America’s Most Popular Governors

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35. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) of California
> Approval rating: 44%
> Disapproval rating: 41%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.1% (15th highest)

Democrat Jerry Brown stepped down as governor of California in January 2019 after serving the state for two consecutive four-year terms, the maximum allowed by law. Brown also served as governor of California from 1975 to 1983.

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34. Gov. Doug Ducey (R) of Arizona
> Approval rating: 45%
> Disapproval rating: 38%
> Tenure: 4 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.7% (5th highest)

Sworn in for the first time in January 2015, Republican Doug Ducey ran for re-election in 2018 and defeated Democratic challenger David Garcia. Ducey will not be eligible to run for a third term in 2022 as Arizona governors are limited to two consecutive terms.

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33. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey
> Approval rating: 45%
> Disapproval rating: 35%
> Tenure: 1 year
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.0% (18th highest)

Democrat Phil Murphy was elected governor of New Jersey in November 2017 and took office in January 2018. Murphy’s first term follows that of term-limited Republican Chris Christie, who departed as the least popular governor in the country with a 19% approval rating.

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32. Gov. Jay Inslee (D) of Washington
> Approval rating: 46%
> Disapproval rating: 33%
> Tenure: 6 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.3% (10th highest)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is in the middle of his second term after he ran for re-election in November 2016. Though Washington does not impose term limits on its governors, Inslee may not seek a third term as he is currently considering a bid for the presidency.

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31. Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) of Louisiana
> Approval rating: 47%
> Disapproval rating: 34%
> Tenure: 3 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 5.0% (3rd highest)

Democrat John Bel Edwards has served as governor of Louisiana since his swearing in January 2016. Edwards is up for re-election this year.