America’s Most Popular Governors

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15. Gov. John Carney (D) of Delaware
> Approval rating: 52%
> Disapproval rating: 28%
> Tenure: 2 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.8% (23rd highest)

Democrat John Carney was voted into office in November 2016, handily defeating Republican Colin Bonini in the general election. Carney is up for re-election in 2020.

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14. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) of Mississippi
> Approval rating: 53%
> Disapproval rating: 25%
> Tenure: 7 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 4.7% (5th highest)

Republican Phil Bryant was first sworn in as the Governor of Mississippi in January 2012. Re-elected in November 2015, Bryant is prevented by state law from seeking a third term in 2019.

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13. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) of Montana
> Approval rating: 54%
> Disapproval rating: 28%
> Tenure: 6 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.7% (25th highest)

Democrat Steve Bullock has served as Montana’s governor since his January 2013 inauguration. Bullock is in the middle of his second term after being re-elected in November 2016.

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12. Gov. Doug Burgum (R) of North Dakota
> Approval rating: 54%
> Disapproval rating: 25%
> Tenure: 2 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 2.8% (6th lowest)

Doug Burgum was elected to the governor’s office in November 2016 with over 75% of the vote. Burgum is up for re-election in 2020.

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11. Gov. Bill Haslam (R) of Tennessee
> Approval rating: 55%
> Disapproval rating: 24%
> Tenure: 8 years
> Nov. 2018 state unemployment: 3.6% (22nd lowest)

Republican Bill Haslam was elected to office in 2010 and again in 2014. Restricted by state law, Haslam did not seek a third term. Haslam leaves office as the 11th most popular governor in the United States.