Special Report

The Most And Least Popular Governors During the Pandemic

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26. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) of California
> Approve or strongly approve: 48%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 70% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 47% – late August
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 8.2% (6th highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 6,752 per 100,000 people — 21st lowest (total: 2,670,962)

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27. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) of North Carolina
> Approve or strongly approve: 48%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 60% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 48% – late July
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 6.2% (21st highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 6,002 per 100,000 people — 14th lowest (total: 623,188)

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28. Gov. Jim Justice (R) of West Virginia
> Approve or strongly approve: 48%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 78% – late April
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 48% – current
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 6.2% (21st highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 5,605 per 100,000 people — 9th lowest (total: 101,212)

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29. Gov. Steve Bullock (D) of Montana
> Approve or strongly approve: 47%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 62% – early May
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 45% – September
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 4.9% (14th lowest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 8,126 per 100,000 people — 17th highest (total: 86,324)

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30. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) of New Mexico
> Approve or strongly approve: 47%
> Highest approval rating during COVID-19: 67% – early May
> Lowest approval rating during COVID-19: 42% – late June
> Nov 2020 unemployment: 7.5% (11th highest)
> COVID-19 infections as of Jan 10, 2021: 7,452 per 100,000 people — 22nd highest (total: 156,157)

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