Special Report

The Most And Least Popular Governors During the Pandemic


To determine the most and least popular state governors during the COVID-19 pandemic, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the share of state residents who either approve or strongly approve of their governor’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Governors are ranked on approval ratings based on the polling of 119,755 individuals across all 50 states between Oct. 2 and Oct. 25, 2020. 

All polling data is from the Nov. 2 2020 report “The State of the Nation: A 50-State COVID-19 Survey,” a joint report from Northeastern University, Harvard University, Rutgers University, and Northwestern University. Governor approval ratings are as of October 2020. We also reviewed historic approval ratings for the periods of late April, early May, late May, late June, late July, late August, and September 2020. 

We also included the most recent monthly seasonally-adjusted unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well as the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases from state and local governments in our analysis.