Special Report

The Most And Least Popular Governors During the Pandemic

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1. Gov. Phil Scott (R) of Vermont
> Approve or strongly approve: 80%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 80% – current
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 70% – September
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 3.1% (2nd lowest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 1,432 per 100,000 people — the lowest (total: 8,967)

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2. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) of Maryland
> Approve or strongly approve: 68%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 78% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 67% – September
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 6.8% (15th highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 5,075 per 100,000 people — 8th lowest (total: 306,674)

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3. Gov. Charlie Baker (R) of Massachusetts
> Approve or strongly approve: 65%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 80% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 65% – current
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 6.7% (16th highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 6,270 per 100,000 people — 16th lowest (total: 432,791)

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4. Gov. Phil Murphy (D) of New Jersey
> Approve or strongly approve: 65%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 67% – early May
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 58% – late May
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 10.2% (the highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 6,564 per 100,000 people — 18th lowest (total: 584,765)

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5. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) of Connecticut
> Approve or strongly approve: 62%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 66% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 57% – September
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 8.2% (6th highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 5,766 per 100,000 people — 13th lowest (total: 205,994)